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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Blade and Augustine are blades of grass and are cousins. Blade is light green. Augustine is dark green and she lived on the opposite side of the yard, which was the good and greener side. Because of that, Augustine always got the best of everything; the best weather, the best view, and the best location. Augustine was always first in line for her haircut and Blake was tired of being missed out. Blade decided not to give up and when the sun traveled across the sky, he leaned to the left and right but the shadows still covered him. Blade was overlooked even when the children came to play though he waved and hollered. Blade was tired and ready to give up on his green dream. One windy day he uprooted himself and planted himself next to Augustine. He started enjoying life, he soaked up the sun, was the first for a haircut, drank more water than before, and had fun watching the kids play. What made him decide to go back to his old home?
Green With Envy by Terri Sabol is an appealing story that tackles the subject of jealousy in a delightful way using two charming characters, Blade and Augustine. Pei Jen's illustrations are as adorable as the characters and the story and not only give clarity to the concept but also make it enjoyable to young readers. Blade's character is realistic and many readers will be able to relate to it. Very often children think someone else is better than them and this story is a good way to make them appreciate and be happy with what they have. It is a good book for storytelling sessions at homes and in classrooms to teach children to be happy with what they have instead of looking at others and feeling jealous.