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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
Greeny by Nielle P. Marques is a unique and entertaining story inviting children to experience what life is like for Greeny, a former caterpillar, now tucked away in his cocoon. The story has a warm and personal feel to it because Greeny has so many friends who care about him and watch over him while he’s in the cocoon. His ability to communicate with his friends from inside his enclosure allows readers to feel like they, too, are right there inside with him. They experience the personal ways that Greeny's friends bring him comfort and companionship and even protection when most needed. I found this aspect of the story to be a wonderful tool for teaching children how they can help their friends through situations in life; when just being there for someone is the very best expression of love and caring.
I especially liked the coloring book or hand-painted appearance of each drawing. The scenes feel as if each one has just been freshly painted or colored, and I could easily see children, each with their box of crayons or paints, happily filling in each page. The story ended in such a way that I feel as if Greeny is about to embark on a life that will lead to great adventures captured in future books. Thank you, Nielle P. Marques, for Greeny’s wonderful story that teaches children not only about the transformation of the butterfly but also about how friendship can be a powerful cocoon when it needs to be.