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A Color of His Own Hardcover – June 13, 2006
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Every animal has a color of its own. "Parrots are green, elephants are gray, pigs are pink." But chameleons change color wherever they go. "On lemons they are yellow. In the heather they are purple." One chameleon is not pleased with his changeable appearance. He thinks, "If I remain on a leaf, I shall be green forever, and so I too will have a color of my own." Of course, what he doesn't take into account is the changes wrought by autumn, and soon the green chameleon is yellow, then red, and then tumbled to the ground for the long black winter night. It isn't until he befriends another older, wiser chameleon that our hero begins to find inner peace, even as his outer surface is transformed again and again.
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.
From School Library Journal
Toddler-PreS—The classic picture book is now available for the smallest hands to hold in this beautiful bilingual board book edition. Children will follow a little chameleon's story in English and Spanish and learn about colors and the chameleon's ability to camouflage and change colors to match his surroundings. Wonderfully translated, this title will also allow young readers to understand the chameleon's desire for a color of his own, as well as the value of having a friend. Pair this with Eric Carle's El camaleón camaleónico (Lectorum, 2009) for a bilingual, chameleon-themed storytime. VERDICT Recommended for all bilingual early learning collections.—Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, League City, TX --This text refers to the Board book edition.
Top customer reviews
As with another recent review, the colors on the copy I received are off and this is a book about colors, so it matters. There seems to be an (extreme) oversaturation of magenta and generally the color mix is off. Everything in the book that is not green, yellow, or black is wrong. Reds look neon, browns look burnt orange, and gray is burgundy. I have an older copy of the book and the colors are accurate so this is definitely a printing issue. Until Amazon runs through (or throws out) their current stock of A Color of His Own board books, I would steer clear.