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Little Blue and Little Yellow Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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“An unusual, imaginative, stimulating, and appealing picture book.” —The Horn Book Magazine
“Abstract art with heart.” —School Library Journal’s Top 100 Picture Books Poll (voted #66)
About the Author
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
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I'm no psychologist, but really...can there be many other interpretations of this story? Could you swap out "blue" and "yellow" for any two races, and come away with a message other than: it's OK for my kids to have friends of a different color, as long as they don't try to marry one.
As we all know, there is a growing multitude of mixed-race couples around the world; what would a child of such a union -- an actual symbolic embodiment of a "little green" -- take away from this story? That they shouldn't exist? That they are unwanted? What is this "children's book" trying to teach, really?
In Polar Express, the adults can't hear the bell anymore. (It isn't for them)
This book I think will escape most adults who read it as an adult. We have too much of life behind us by now.
For a young child that no one has corrupted with the complexities of life yet, this book is a dramatic experience of play, friendship and then the 'I'm lost in the department store, why can't you find me' fear of separation from out beloved parents.
I remember that part of the story being very dramatic.
If you want to buy this book, buy it for your young innocent children. (Not for you)
Trust me, for them, the silver bell will ring wonderfully.
-= Bruce D. Meyer