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A Color of His Own Board book – 3 Feb 2007


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  • Board book: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; Brdbk edition (3 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375810919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375810916
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.8 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reflection Haiku on 25 Oct 2010
Format: Board book
Leo Lionni's tales are characteristically simple, unpredictable and beautiful and A COLOR OF HIS OWN is one of those touching fables where a sad chameleon who is tired of his color changing wishing to be more like other animals with same colors all the time. Opening the pages, young children learn about different animals with different colors - pigs are pink, elephants are grey but chameleons change color wherever they go. Then the humor comes into play as the artist explores how the chameleon looks like on lemons, on the striped tiger and just as the chameleon thinks he has got hold of the solution to his problem by remaining on a leaf so he would be green forever, the readers discover along with the chameleon the cycle of tree leaves turning from green, yellow to orange and eventually fall when winter comes...But eventually, he makes a great discovery that will solve his problem and the new-found wisdom (friend) will help him accept and appreciate his own colorful life to the fullest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malika333 on 15 Nov 2010
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This book is in brand new condition and the story is perfect to teach children that being different is ok.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A truly wonderful book, a delight to read, beautifully illustrated and with a lovely underlying message about friendship and individuallity.
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By Mummymum on 26 Jun 2011
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I am assured by my daughter that my one year old grand daughter loves this book. Haven't actually seen it myself. She apparently spends ages turning the pages very carefully one way, then all the way back again! Soon she will appreciate being read to and understanding the story.
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A Color of His Own 11 Jun 2000
By Alexandra Yarrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a library clerk for the past two years, I have loved this book for a long time, and it's absolutely my favorite. Aside from the fact that Lionni was a giften writer and illustrator (who will be sadly missed), I love this book because it's a story about being accepted, and learning to accept yourself. As if any of us know what color we are, literally or metaphorically. The most we can hope for is to find someone with whom we can share all our different colors.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Terrific tale! 12 April 2002
By History_of_Art_Geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
Join this charming chameleon on the road to discovery where he searches for a "color of his own." He learns to adapt to different "colored" environments while feeling left out, and along the way befriends a fellow chameleon and gains lasting companionship and happiness. This delightful board book captures babies attention with simple content and colorful illustrations, while teaching young children about feelings of belonging, friendship, compassion, and the most obvious - colors: green, red, gray, pink, yellow, and purple. This is a terrific tale! One-year and up.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Message, Not Sold On The Pictures 15 May 2012
By Maggie Mattmiller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First, let me say I love the message of the story. There is a chameleon who wants "A Color Of His Own", because other animals and things have their own colors. Later, he finds another chameleon and they always stick together, so they are always the same.

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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Hungary Caterpillar 3 Nov 2002
By Holly Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
A Color of His Own is a wonderful beginning book for young children that teaches children colors. This book also stresses the importance of being and individual and does so in a way that young children can understand. In this book, a young chameleon searches high and low for his own color. He decides to stay on a leaf so he will be green forever. Soon, fall comes, the leaves change, and so does he. Sadly, he leaves his leaf and runs into another older and wiser chameleon. He tells the chameleon about his troubles, and the older comforts him and suggests that the two stay together. "We will still change color wherever we go," says the wiser chameleon, "but you and I will always be alike."
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A First Rate Children's Book 26 Sep 2006
By V. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
My daughter is not quite a year, and she laughed at the colorful pictures.

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.
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