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A Color of His Own Hardcover – June 13, 2006
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Leo Lionni, children's book creator extraordinaire, author of such beloved picture books as Frederick, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Swimmy, and Inch by Inch, all Caldecott Honor winners, introduces color concepts in an exquisite and touching story. This small board book edition of the classic tale of self-acceptance and friendship will be a favorite for toddlers and parents alike. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Board book edition.
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The objects and animals in this book are presented very clearly with uncluttered illustrations. Each object or animal is clearly identified by its color on each particular page. Lionni does a great job of using clear, simple language to introduce each color. The artwork is unique and catches the attention of young children.
Overall, A Color of His Own, is a great book to use to teach young children the concept of colors. Lionni's simple language and inventive style of illustrations make this book the success it is. This book serves as a great teaching tool to use with young children.
Here is my issue with the book: the illustrations. While I like the style of the art, the colors themselves make me scratch my head. The goldfish is red (even the text says a goldfish is red), and the lemon is pretty green. (A classroom of preschoolers today yelled "GREEN!" for what color the chameleon turned when standing on a lemon).
Again, very cute, and I like the story, but I'm not sure if I'd want to read it to a classroom or to my own kids over and over, clarifying each time that the colors are a little off. Of course I don't think a child would grow up thinking things are the wrong colors, but kids who "get it" will ask every time or point it out every time which of course affects the flow of the reading.
This is a story about self-acceptance, self-worth, and touches on our desire to connect with others and the value of friendship. Its also bright, colorful, and a fantastic page-turner for kiddos.
The pictures are really well done, and the story is wonderful. The chameleon is searching for permanence. He tries to stay on a leaf and remain the same color forever, but he changes with the color of the leaf in the autumn, and he goes through the dark winter.
But then he meets another chameleon! His need for something unchanging could not be met by denying his nature and remaining the same color all the time. Instead, his need was met by his new companion.
This is a really good lesson. We can't be perfect. We can't have "ideal" lives. We can't remain young forever. But it's our close relationships that help us go through life. I hope my daughter finds friends who will be there through life's changing colors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Bought it in english to go with the german version, so my granddaughter can practice her german.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I can read this book over and over again. I have memorized the whole book and can read it to myself.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy reading this book to my 2 year old. It's her go to book. She loves pointing out all the colors.Published 1 month ago by amber keene
This book was highly recommended by a friend. My 14-month-old son loved it from the first read. He loves the different colors of the chameleon, which make him giggle.Published 2 months ago by Darisa Diaz
Color tone of print on paper cover is not good as the one with hardcover.
Slightly regretful on buying of paper cover one...