A Color of His Own

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The charming story of a chameleon searching for his own color, who ends up finding a true friend.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 ...
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The charming story of a chameleon searching for his own color, who ends up finding a true friend.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.

A little chameleon is distressed that he doesn't have his own color like other animals.

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Author-illustrator Leo Lionni is well known for his use of colorful and imaginative watercolor storybooks. A Color of His Own, now in this convenient board book, does not disappoint. In the true style of a master storyteller, Lionni presents a very cute chameleon with a distressing problem. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to find his own color. He always seems to adapt to his surroundings, never sustaining a "signature" shade. Determined to be one color, he find a green leaf and stays there. But as the seasons change, so does the leaf, and so does the chameleon! When he befriends another chameleon, he realizes they will always be the same color if they stick together. This newfound friendship is far more meaningful than anything else.

Preschoolers will delight in the illustrations and fall in love with the adorable chameleon. Lionni uses very little prose in this story and manages to convey this wonderful message of love, friendship, and belonging in an enchanting fashion.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lionni's signature watercolors span the rainbow in this story of a chameleon who, while searching for his identity, finds a friend with whom he can share his changeable nature. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly
Of the original edition of A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni (1975), PW wrote, "Lionni's signature watercolors span the rainbow in this story of a chameleon who, while searching for his identity, finds a friend with whom he can share his changeable nature." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lionni's simple tale of a dissatisfied chameleon who finally finds happiness is as captivating now as it was when first published in 1975. We meet the green parrot, the red goldfish, the gray elephant, and the pink pig; "All animals have a color of their own, except for chameleons." Chameleons change color depending on where they are. The chameleon in this story hopes to find a color of his own, but the leaf he is on turns yellow and red and falls off the tree, leaving the chameleon black "in the long winter night." When he meets another chameleon in the spring who will stay by his side and change color with him, he can finally live "happily ever after." Watercolors on prepared papers are used to cut the simplest of shapes stuck on white pages. A strong contrast is made with the dark purple background for winter and the sharp green blades of grass for spring. The spare text offers lessons on color, on chameleons, and on friendship. 2003 (orig. 1975), Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children's Books, and Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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"Lionni's signature watercolors span the rainbow in this story of a chameleon who, while searching for his identity, finds a friend with whom he can share his changeable nature." —Publishers Weekly

"As captivating now as it was when first published in 1975." —Children's Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375810916
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: Board Book Edition
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 125,391
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 5.36 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Great story and lesson

    Beautiful drawings, fun story about learning to love yourself the way you are.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

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    A chameleon wishes to be individual like all other animals but keeps changing color.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Wowsy whiskers

    Looking at cover i think its cute WOWSY WHISKERS

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Great Gift for Babies and Toddlers

    I have bought this for several friends as baby shower gifts. It's a sweet story and has great colors and creative illustrations. The board book format is baby friendly and safe.

    I also recommend any other Leo Lionni book for kids. His stories are imaginiative and engaging.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    Wonderful!

    I have had this book since my son was five years old. He is now nine and still enjoys it. Now I have been reading it to my friend's 23 month old son for the past few months. He can't get enough of his 'meleon'. A cute story with wonderful colors and easy for them to understand. I recommend it fully.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    A great book with a cute ending..

    I read this book to a group of first grade children, they enjoyed it specially how the chameleon changed color everywhere it went. Great variety of color in the illustration. It's a great way to teach children where these type of animals live and why they camouglage. I enjoyed it and so did the children. Recommended for young children.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    A Color of His Own is a cute book that shows the life of a chame

    A Color of His Own is a cute book that shows the life of a chameleon that never has his own color like every other animal. You experience the chameleon try to be it's own color. I would recommend this book for younger kids but if you like quick, cute books this one is perfect.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    sweet story, brilliant illustrations!

    I don't know if it's a shared love for this book, or if my daughter is feeding off my excitement. But this story keeps the attention of a 5 month old and a 29 year old. Never tire of it. It's story is entertaining and tells a message. Beautiful pictures throughout as well! Add it to your collection, I'm sure you'll feel the same.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    a must have for your child

    I'm a big fan of this author's books and both my son and I love this one. Not only is my son learning his colors, but the story shows that being different from others doesn't make you an outcast.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    Delightful!

    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 baby¿s attention with simple content and colorful illustrations, while teaching young children about feelings of belonging, friendship, and compassion. This is a terrific tale!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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