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Little Blue and Little Yellow [Board book]

Leo Lionni
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Book Description

14 Jun 2011
Leo Lionni’s first picture book has at last found its perfect format in this sturdy board book for the very youngest child.

Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, but one day they can’t find each other. When they finally do, they give each other such a big hug that they turn green! How they find their true colors again concludes a wonderfully satisfying story told with colorful pieces of torn paper and very few words. This classic tale of friendship also offers a playful introduction to color concepts.

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  • Board book: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; Brdbk Rep edition (14 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375872906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375872907
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 14.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy on the bookshelf 5 Oct 2010
By Pigeon
Format:Paperback
Love this beautiful book, not as much as my little girl, who at the age of 22 months wants this every night before bed. A total favourite and hope to read it with her for many years to come.....we have given this for first birthday presents and everyone loves having a copy. A great little story, beautifully illustrated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice story for toddlers 5 Aug 2013
By Vanessa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I like the format but not much the story, it vas recommended from a colleague as one of the best, but i didn't like it personally
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite storytellers 24 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The design of this book is imaginative and is likely to excite and attract a range of little readers. The story behind the original illustration is strong as well. There's hope, kindness, frienship and courage, even though the blue and the yellow are only a pair of little dots. I would definitely recommend this and many other books by Leo Lionni.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bed-time story 31 Dec 2011
By Sherril
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book quickly became the favourite pre-nap story for our two and a half year old grandson. I had thought it might be too abstract for him but he knows about making different colours with his finger paints.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  50 reviews
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of this, a little bit of that 13 Mar 2004
By E. R. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ever feel like you've been stumped by a book? Like a moral of a story has been staring you in the face and you're just too slow or dim-witted to get it? Such was my reaction after reading Leo Lionni's elusive, "Little Blue and Little Yellow". I liked it. Of course I did. But on my honor as a gentleman I just did NOT get the book's message. Which is perhaps exactly as it should be.
We all are familiar with Leo Lionni's work, even if we don't initially think we are. Whether you've seen his cut out mice or forest scenes, his is a recognizable style. In this particular book Lionni has relied on roughly hewn pieces of brightly colored paper (or is it fabric?) to tell a story. The tale follows two blobs of color. On is Blue. The other is Yellow. Yellow and Blue are good friends and lead productive blobby lives with their other little friends. They play games, attend school, etc. One day Blue looses Yellow for a little while and when they are reunited they hug until they meld into a single splotch of green. The single green splotch, however, looks nothing like Blue or Yellow. Whatever will our intrepid heroes do?
Suffice to say, all turns out well in the end. The status quo is maintained, peace reigns, yadda yadda yadda. So what's the moral of the story? Just to help you figure it out, the last two pages of the text display Blue and Yellows momma and poppas hugging one another until THEY turn green. Maybe it doesn't mean anything at all. But it certainly does make for an interesting tale. Nothing like simplicity to tie up the ole synapses for a while.
I can see children enjoying this book. I can also see different children growing bored with this book. It really is going to depend on the child more than anything else. If you have a kid that likes rousing adventures about (oh I dunno) tangible objects, this may not be the book for them. If, however, you've a child who's a little more dreamy. A little more open to different kinds of stories and characters, consider this book a perfect fit. Colorful, interesting, and unique. Lionni does many things with this book, but he does not disappoint.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Friends rub off on friends, and color knows no boundary." 26 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:School & Library Binding
This book demonstrates an understanding of colors, changes of colors through blending, and friendship. A wonderful book for parents to own with children of all ages. Not only does this book cover colors and friendship, it touches on differences in families and people. Teaches that friends come in all colors, and they can affect each other's lives. A perfect book for the home or the classroom.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My most memorable book 2 Sep 2004
By Mordy Golding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ask me what my favorite book was when I was growing up and that answer is going to be Little Blue and Little Yellow. Sure, there were other books that I'd read over and over again, or sit in the library with a stack of em on a Friday afternoon after school, but none was like Little Blue and Little Yellow.

I can't describe why or how, but the book just connected with me. Fast-forward over 25 years later and here I am, a graphic designer, and I still am inspired by this book. I'm also a teacher and usually mention this book during my class, as it pertains to graphic design and the mixture of colors. Every time I tell the story, the class enjoys it immensely. And I teach adults mind you :)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from www.firrkids.com 23 Oct 2009
By www.firrkids.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'll be honest here. I have always liked Leo Lionni, but have never come across this book before. A little internet digging and I learn that Little Blue and Little Yellow has cult following, with many people claiming it as the best book of their entire childhood. The release of this 50th anniversary edition means older fans can delight brand new groups of readers with their favorite tale of color.

On the surface, this is very simple story of two color dots who are the best of friends. Little blue and little yellow live across the street from each other and play together every day. On one such day, they were so happy to see each other that the two friends hug tightly until they turn green! They play as green all day long, visiting the park, chasing their friends and getting plain worn out.
When the duo returns home, mama and papa blue do not recognize little green, nor do mama and papa yellow. Rebuffed by both color families, they cry big blue and yellow tears until there is no green left. Only then do their parents hug and kiss them. When papa blue hugs little yellow, they suddenly realize what had happened! They all hug with joy and everyone is terrifically happy again.

This is possibly the most simply illustrated book I have ever seen and yet manages to be utterly charming at the same time. The pages are composed of blobs and smears of paint against plain white (although there is one black and one red page) backgrounds. Like the paintings, the words are simple, but beautiful. The end result is a wonderful book that you and your children will most certainly fall in love with.
Leo Lionni wrote this story while on a train trip with his two grandchildren. His charges were becoming increasing animated, and Lionni realized he needed some fast, creative thinking. After finding a page in his magazine with a colorful design, he ripped the page into small disks. Voila, the story of little blue and little yellow was born. The result of that train trip is a legendary book that has stood the test of time and continues to be delightful after fifty years.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 20 Nov 2005
By Kristine Strelow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To an adult, this book doesn't seem like anything all that special. It's about colored dots. The story is sweet, though, and easy for young children to appreciate. My multi-age 3-5 year old classroom loved it (I used it with our science unit on colors). It's great for talking about color (blue and yellow make green) and about appreciating differences (race).
I heard a horror story from a fellow teacher about this book that other teachers should be aware of: a kindergarten teacher read this book to her students and was repremanded by her principal. He said that when little blue and little yellow hug, and make green, it is sexual. He also said that it is racist that little blue's parents are blue and little yellow's parents are yellow and this does not reflect a multi-cultural view. Both of these seem silly to me. Just be aware.
Personally, I love it and so did my students!
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