Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen

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Invites the reader to explore the beauty and wonder of the rain forest, describing it as a house with trees for walls and leaves for a roof. By the author of Owl Moon.
 

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Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.
 
Published April 21, 1993 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Fiction

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Though the artist does not directly depict the violence that threads through Yolen’s narrative—an osprey “with dagger beak and nail, / guts a fish / from head to tail,” a red belly turtle “comes too close— / and is alligator dinner,” a kite is “alert for the snail / which it breaks with its beak,...

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Taking as her text a sentence from Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle--"The land is one great wild, untidy luxuriant hothouse, made by nature for herself"--Yolen lyrically compares a house to the rain forest ("...no roof in the green house,/only the canopy of leaves") and notes its animals ("the quick...

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