Little Blue and Little Yellow

Little Blue and Little Yellow

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by Leo Lionni
     
 

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Little blue and little yellow share wonderful adventures. One day, they can't find one another. When they finally meet, they are overjoyed. They hug until they become green. But where did little blue and little yellow go? Are they lost?

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Little blue and little yellow share wonderful adventures. One day, they can't find one another. When they finally meet, they are overjoyed. They hug until they become green. But where did little blue and little yellow go? Are they lost?

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
Little Blue and Little Yellow are so happy to see each other that they hug and hug until they are united into one green mass. When they return home, nobody recognizes them, but when they begin to cry, their tears separate them back into their original selves. Their parents are so relieved that they all hug. This gentle parable offers simple lessons in color, friendship, and acceptance.
Horn Book
An unusual, imaginative, stimulating, and appealing picture book.
Pamela Paul
First published in 1959…it still ring so remarkably true.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This reissue of Leo Lionni's first book for children certainly shows how ably the four-time Caldecott Honor winner began his career. This story, of blue and yellow and their friendship—a friendship that turns each of them green when they hug for a long time—is simple and charming in its message. Lionni creates magic with his focus on primary colors that are capable of turning into something more. Although blue's parents and yellow's parents are, at first, startled by the change in their children, they, too, find themselves capable of this amazing change when they hug the other child and his parents. The strength of friendship to help all of us understand how we can be changed in positive ways is the ultimate message for all readers. Nothing is lost in this transition to a board book format. This is truly a classic text, and children who have not yet been introduced to it but love other Lionni books will certainly enjoy this one, too. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
From the Publisher
“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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688132859
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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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Little Blue and Little Yellow 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A kind of metaphor for not judging one for their color. Also, a good book about liking someone for who they are and not what they are. Teaches color mixing as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my wife asked me to look for this for her classroom, I immediately knew what book it was and pictured it in my mind because I loved it so much when I went to storytime at the library... over 35 years ago! It was originally published in 1959, and remains a timeless classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Preschoolers love this book, and it's a great introduction to color mixing, as well as a story of friendship and discovery. Follow this story with fingerpainting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my son's favorite while in preschool. His teacher would read it to him at naptime. My son decided he would be 'little blue' and she would be 'little yellow'. The names stuck thoughout my son's preschool years. It was a precious bonding experience for both of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much, at first it was very sad. but at the end the book shows you what friends would do to help friends.
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