Let us meditate for a moment on the art of Laura Vaccaro Seeger. She reinvents the picture book genre, the beginning reader, the alphabet book. She uses die-cut holes to reveal hidden details. In The Hidden Alphabet, in First the Egg, in Green. She makes us take a second look at the things we thought we knew—leaves and trees, sun and moon, snowman and stars. That tree we take for granted was not always there. It took generations to grow. Let us take note of it, she seems to say. Let us stand under its majesty, drink in its shade, rest among its roots.
So let us meditate on the leaves, on the egg, on all the things we miss while going about our daily business. Let us pause and take in the green we take for granted.
Jenny Brown has been in children's books for more than twenty years. In addition to having been an elementary schoolteacher, she was a children's book editor at HarperCollins and Pleasant Company, and was children's reviews editor at Publishers Weekly for ten years. Jenny currently writes for School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, and is children's editor of Shelf Awareness, an e-newsletter for the publishing trade and consumers. She is also the interim director of the Center for Children's Literature at Bank Street College of Education in New York City.