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The Green Giant by Katie Cottle (Picture Book Review)

We received a free physical copy of this picture book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The Green Giant
by Katie Cottle
Published by Rizzoli
Genre: Children's, Picture Book
Length: 32 pages
Ages: 4 - 8 years

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A beautiful eco-tale encouraging us to put down our devices and save the planet.

A young girl, Bea, and her dog, Iris, are staying with her grandpa in the country. Bea is bored, but Iris's adventures lead them to the small and rusty old greenhouse next door. Inside the greenhouse, Bea finds... a Giant. A giant made entirely of plants and greenery. Bea is scared, but the giant reassures her and explains that he has escaped from the grey city. Bea and the giant become friends, but can they do anything to make the grey city, and the world, a greener place?

A brilliant new picture book that highlights our concern for the environment, greening our cities, guerrilla gardening and making the world a better place.

Our Thoughts:

Bea Green and her pet dog, Iris, take a trip to the country to visit Bea's grandfather, who loves to spend time in his garden. Bea would rather do nothing (on an electronic device) but her dog has other plans. When Iris chases a cat into the neighbor's yard, Bea follows and ends up in a magical little greenhouse. Inside she finds her dog, the cat, and a great big green giant! 

The Green Giant tells her his history; how he was planted and raised in the city, but he longed for greener pastures and eventually left the grey city and found the greenhouse where he hides away. They quickly become friends and have a spectacular summer, but when it's time for Bea to return to the city, the Green Giant gives her something to remember him by.

I adored this. I love nature and plants and gardening so this story and its message are very dear to my heart. My daughter and I spend a lot of time in our own garden (yard) and on adventures in the wild, so I can only hope I am passing on a love for these things. It's always nice to see the things we love in print as well! 

We love the idea of a magical little greenhouse that is 'bigger on the inside' and a big friendly GREEN giant that spreads the magic and knowledge of growing green things! I loved seeing a child, that previously hadn't even noticed nature, learn to love and care for the world around her and make a new friend in the process. 

The Green Giant reminds us that we should all nurture the green spaces in our lives, for our health and happiness, as well as for others!

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