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 Green pants
 Author: Kraegel, Kenneth

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 530304 ISBN: 9780763688400
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Pants -- Fiction
 Clothing and dress -- Fiction
 Weddings -- Fiction
 Individuality -- Fiction

Price: $20.06

Jameson refuses to wear pants that are not green, until he has to choose between wearing his green pants and wearing a tuxedo with black pants so that he can be in his cousin's wedding.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 194005

   School Library Journal (00/02/17)
   Booklist (02/15/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Jameson feels awesome when he wears his green pants. He can dunk a basketball like an NBA player, dive like an Olympic athlete, and dance like Michael Jackson. Jameson is like a superhero when his attire includes his green pants. And he doesn't own any pants that aren't green. People try to give him different colored pants, but Jameson has creative ways of getting rid of them. Some of the offending trousers can be found high up in the trees, while others are worn by neighborhood dogs. One day, the boy is in a difficult predicament. His cousin has asked him to be the ring bearer in his wedding, and Jameson is thrilled. Then he learns he must wear a tuxedo with black pants for the wedding. He struggles to make a tough decision. Could he be in the wedding and wear green pants? Jameson's mother is very patient and lets him know that it is his choice to make. This is a delightful book for all children who love to express themselves and for those who want to be who they are. The pictures are done in watercolor and pencil and have a soft and appealing appearance. The illustrations of Jameson are superb at depicting what the character is feeling—from anxiety over making a difficult decision to the elation he feels when wearing his favorite pants. VERDICT A fun read-aloud, perfect for storytimes, and a great addition to most collections.—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2017 Whether dunking, diving, and especially dancing, brown-skinned Jameson feels invincible when he wears his green pants. His parents try to coax Jameson to wear different colored ones, but Jameson finds sneaky ways to make sure his closet is only stocked with trousers in his favorite color. When his cousin’s fiancée asks him to be in her wedding party, Jameson is thrilled to say yes, even when it means standing still and being on his best behavior. That is, until his mom tells him he’ll have to wear a black tuxedo, pants and all. He doesn’t decide whether to give up wearing his green pants until he’s on the steps of the church on the day of the wedding, but he comes up with a plan that keeps everyone happy. Kraegel’s watercolor-and-pencil illustrations make great work of Jameson’s poignant, meaningful facial expressions, which augment the joys and frustrations in the text. That Jameson is allowed to make his own decision is particularly empowering. Any kid with a favorite object will likely be charmed by Kraegel’s positive message here. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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