Greenling by Levi Pinfold (group set, 7 books)

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Mr Barleycorn picks a green baby growing on his land, letting loose the incredible power of nature. When melons grow in the kitchen and apples sprout out of their television, Mrs Barleycorn says the Greenling has to go. But the bounty and beauty of nature has a strange power - the power to bring a whole community together.

'Magic realist and enigmatic story telling full of detail, persuades the reader to revisit each page. Pinfold creates an eerie and enigmatic tale in a setting reminiscent of the outback of the ‘New-Worlds’ in the first half of the twentieth century.' BIB Judges 2015

  • Environmental tale
  • richly allusive
  • Free discussion notes on this website
  • 32 pages

 

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Greenling discussion guide


Greenling

 

Author: Levi Pinfold

Illustrator: Levi Pinfold

Publisher: Templar

Suggested year group 4. However, the themes and allusive qualities of the text also make this an appropriate choice for older groups.

SynopsisMr Barleycorn picks a green baby growing in his garden, letting loose the incredible power of nature. When courgettes flower in the kitchen and carrots sprout out of their television, his wife tells Mr Barleycorn that the Greenling has to go. But the bounty and beauty of nature has a strange power – the power to bring a whole community together.

Reasons for selection: Levi Pinfold's stylised realistic and detailed paintings provide lots of opportunities for discussion. Set in Australia in the mid twentieth century, the atmosphere evokes the frontier stories of the American mid west. Like David Grant's iconic painting, American Gothic, Pinfold's characters , a farmer and his wife, (the Barleycorns) are depicted against the backdrop of their outback farmhouse, inviting connections with Grant's painting and the many meanings that have been attributed to it

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