Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet

Illustrator: Emily Sutton

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books

Age 4+

Picture Books Nature, The Natural World

A magnificent look at the science of plants from the internationally bestselling and multi award-winning team behind Tiny, Lots and Grow.

This tree doesn’t look like it’s doing very much: it just stands there in the sunlight, big and GREEN. But this tree is busy... Starting with the secret workings of a tree, this book transports readers billions of years into the past; back to the moment when plant life first appeared on our planet. Covering its evolution, the steady emergence of fossil fuels and the extraordinary communities of plants around the world today, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton combine essential biology with a powerful message – a call to protect the most precious colour on Earth ... GREEN.

“Reveals the miraculous-ness of science with sheer sharp edge precision and decorative charm.”
The Sunday Times on Tiny.

“Clear, direct, involving text, coupled with vivid, delicate illustrations make for a truly special work of non-fiction. Guardian on Lots

“This beautiful volume uses simple, crystal-clear text and exquisite illustrations… A remarkable and very special work of non-fiction.” Independent on Grow.


Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include Tiny, Lots and Grow with Emily Sutton; One World with Jenni Desmond; The Promise and King of the Sky with Laura Carlin; and A First Book of ... Nature, The Sea and Animals with Mark Hearld, Emily Sutton and Petr Horácek respectively. In 2017, she became the first ever recipient of the SLA’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books. Visit Nicola's website:

Emily Sutton graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in illustration; as well as illustrating picture books, she paints, sculpts and designs prints. As well as her books with Nicola Davies, Emily's previous titles for Walker include her authorial début Penny and the Little Lost Puppy, as well as Everyone Sang: A Poem for Every Feeling with National Poetry Day founder William Sieghart and bestseller The Christmas Eve Tree with Delia Huddy. Follow Emily on Instagram, @emilysuttonartist


The meaning of “green” is creatively expanded from the color we associate with plants to encompass the process of photosynthesis and the components of plant cells in which it takes place. . . . Sutton’s lush illustrations, naturally featuring many shades of green, fill the pages with tendrils, roots, and leaves at macro and micro scales and portray ecosystems on land and water throughout Earth’s history as teeming with plants and animals.

The Horn Book

A cogent reminder of the significance of plants, for oxygen breathers of all species.

Kirkus Reviews

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