Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Title: A Color of His Own
Author: Leo Lionni
Length: Approx. 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic INC.
Classification: Children's Book, Animals
Release Date: December 30, 1997
Source: Paperback 
Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Only the chameleon has no color of his own. He is purple like the heather, yellow like a lemon, even black and orange striped like a tiger! Then one day a chameleon has an idea to remain one color forever by staying on the greenest leaf he can find. But in the autumn, the leaf changes from green to yellow to red . . . and so does the chameleon. When another chameleon suggests they travel together, he learns that companionship is more important than having a color of his own. No matter where he goes with his new friend, they will always be alike. 

Cutie Pie's Thoughts:

What is this book about?

The chameleon finding a friend and finding his own color.

What was your favorite part of the story?

When he found a friend. And they stood side by side together. Everywhere they went they stayed together, side by side. 

Why did you like it?

Because it shows them being true friends.

Do you like the illustrations?

Yes. I liked them a lot. 

Who do you think would like this book?

Cutie Pie's Rating:

My Thoughts:

I think this is a cute story.
It starts off telling us colors of different animals and how animals have their own color.
Then we meet the chameleon. And learn that they change colors a lot.
But this chameleon decides that he wants to be his own color too. (Basically he doesn't like the fact that he changes colors based on his surroundings.)
So he decides to chill on a leaf so he can remain green.
But he doesn't take into account that colors of leaves change with the seasons. So he changes too.
And he becomes sad.
He then comes across another chameleon and is told about how no matter what they do, they will always change colors.
But this chameleon says that they could stay together, and they will then be able to change colors together.
And they do.

I think it a cute story about a chameleon who is trying to make sense of himself and wants to find a way to be the color he wants. I feel that it shows that the color you are, doesn't make up who you are. I also feel that it shows that it is okay to be different. Also, you don't have to go through life alone. I liked that the chameleon was able to find friendship and they could share being different together.

I like the illustrations as well. The chameleon is cute and I like the colors look like watercolors.

I would recommend this book to younger kids.

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