Welcome to the Green House - Illustrated by Laura Regan
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Welcome to the GREEN HOUSE

Written by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Laura Regan
G.P. Putnam's Sons
- Named as one of the Best Children's Books of the Year by 
  Bank Street College

- Selected as a recommended title by the Kansas State Reading 
  Circle and the Ohio State Reading Circle
Artist's Note:

"This is the very first book that I illustrated, and it was the first time that I ever painted with gouache (an opaque water color). What a challenge! 
I have always believed that you can do anything you set your mind to do, and this was a great chance to practice it!"
From Publisher's Weekly:
 "In the current freshet of rainforest books, Yolen's rises to the surface not as a mere tour guide, but a gracious host to earth's "dark green,/ light green,/emerald green,/ bright green,/ copper green,/ blue green,/ ever-new green house." The author's atmosphere-laden free verse, which falls into unexpected, pleasing rhyme and repetition, correlates with Regan's sumptuous gouache artwork. While the text focuses on the relentless noise of forest inhabitants, borderless, painterly illustrations seem to spill off the pages in their intricate depictions of animals cavorting amidst tropical flora. The illustrations are just literal enough - allowing youngsters to match familiar and unknown species with names in the text. Yolen's language begs for reading aloud ....a strikingly vibrant package."   (April19, 1993)
To visit Jane Yolen's Website:
Jane Yolen's Website
Artwork © 1993 Laura Regan