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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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I loved this book! For being a children's book it is so deep and meaningful. I think that it is a wonderful book to share with children and just ask them what they think about it. While they may not get it on a level as deep as we adults do I think they could come up with some pretty close ideas. The story is all about acceptance and when you look at the time it was written around it helps to put a lot in perspective. It is a fantastic book!more
This is a deceptively complex little picture book and one I have gone back and forth on. The illustrations are wonderful and I believe their simplicity help children find the value and meaning in their own art work, regardless of their technical skill. The story deals with friendship and color, a tricky topic to cover with colors and figures so displaced from real life. I think it is an important contribution to a classroom library but should be read aloud and discussed with guidance at some point, so students come away with positive, cohesive ideas.more
LIttle blue and little yellow is a simple story of friendship. One day, little yellow and little blue hug and become one green dot. After this, their parents fail to recognize either one of them, which I find a tad bit morbid. After the devastating rejection from their families, they try and once again become two separate colors, thus reuniting them with their parents. This story is simple and delightful for younger readers, but on a mature and deeper level, an inference of a moral involving diversity can be made. The matter of rejection of a "different" color places emphasis on a racial aspect of the story. But, for younger readers, it is mostly a lesson in primary and secondary colors.more
I first thought of color…, color of skin after reading this book. When they - two best friends were mixed in green, their parents didn’t even realize them… The story is colorful but at the same time very dark and make me think a while....more
Genre: Realistic FictionReview: This is a great example of realistic fiction because it is a story that can be taken literally or with more depth and encourage talk about difference and color. Media: Watercolormore
Two friends, yellow and blue, form together to make green. When they each went home their parents didn't recognize them until they separated out again. In celebration of getting their children back, Blue family and Yellow family hugged and became mixed colors of each other.more
Leo Lionni, Little Blue and Little Yellow, (1996). NY: Alfred Knopf.Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, go to school together, and play together. One day, Little Blue is home alone and decided to seek out Little Yellow. When they find each other, they hug, and they become one and turn green. They returned to their families, but their parents didn't recognize them and all were very upset and sad. Finally, when they let each other go and return to their original colors, their families realize what happened and the Blue and Yellow families hug each other with joy and turn green.The use of shapes and textures effectively convey the characters and their relationships with each other - the children are represented as small textured circles and the parents are tall, elongated, and rounded to symbolize warm, safe, symbols. The book is small, sturdy, and easy to read for small children as one page is dedicate to each thought and each sentence.Little Blue and Little Yellow is a delightful read-aloud that can be very useful in introducing children 5-8 in the concept of friendship, diversity, and respecting differences in others, and the challenges that can arise.more
This is an amazing book for young children as it teaches many things. The two main characters, little blue and little yellow, hug so tight that they combine to green. Once they arrive home, their parents don't see that they are who they are because of their color. I got more out of this book than a young child probably would get out of it, and I believe that there are a few hidden meanings in the story, but it would be a good book for young children for a color unit or an art unit as it demonstrates that blue and yellow combined make green. It could also teach friendship.more
Yellow dot and blue dot are best friends, when they hug they become green dot. After getting home blue family and yellow family don't recognize their little dots. Then they cry and cry and become themselves again. Great yellow and blue make green, real simple text.more
Genre:This book is a good example of fantasy because the events in this book could not have happened. The two colored dots were given human characteristics, which would not happen in real life.Characterization: 4starsAge: Primarymore
this is a great little book about two best friends, little blue and little yellow, who one day hug and become green. they enjoy being green together until they try and go home and neither of their parents recognize them. this upsets the two little ones so they begin to cry and as they cry they begin to separate and become blue and yellow once again. This would be a good book to help introduce the concept of colors and how some colors are made up of mixing together other colors.more
This is a sweet and simple book about little blue and little yellow. They were best friends who liked to play together. One day they hugged each other for so long that they became green. The played and played, but when they went to little blue's home, "but papa and mama blue said: "you are not our little blue - you are green. And papa and mama yellow said: "you are not our little yellow- you are green." What happened next? They cried and cried. Did their parents ever recognize their little blue and little yellow again? Read this story and find out!more
Blue is supposed to stay home while mom is at the store, but he and Yellow decide to spend time together. A hug turns them green and, when they go home, their parents refuse to believe that it is them. When the cry and cry, they become Blue and Yellow Again. When their parents hug them, they turn green and now believe their story.more
This is a cute book where colors are characters. They were best friends and they lost each other. They looked everywhere for one another. When they found each other they hugged so tight that they turned green. This is a fun way to teach children about colors!more
This represents a Modern Fantasy because it uses setting and characters that are make-believe and would not be possible in real life. It is mostly pretend, but holds a bit of truth so that it can be understood in our own world.more
This story is about two friends, one is blue and the other ios yellow. They do everything together. One day little blue's mom went shopping and little blue stayed home so he could play with little yellow. When little blue went to look for little yellow he could not find him. little blue looked everywhere for little yellow and finally he found him. Once they saw each other little blue and little yellow hugged each other so tight that they turned each other green. When little blue and little yellow went home their parents were upset that they were not the little blue and little yellow anymore. So little yellow went to little blue's house and they cried until they were not anything but tears and when they pulled themselves together they were little blue and little yellow agian. Mama blue and papa blue were so happy they hugged little blue and little yellow so tight they became green and they realized what had happened to little blue and little yellow so they went accross the street to tell mama yellow and papa yellow. I enjoyed this book. It was a clear understanding of colors and friendship.I would use this book in my classroom as a read aloud book. It would also go with a color unit.more
This is Leo Lionni's first children's book. The inspiration for the story was sparked during a train ride with his grandchildren. He had torn out bits of paper from a magazine and made up stories to keep them entertain. This book is a story of blue and yellow. They go out to play without telling anyone. While playing, they turn green (blue+yellow= green) and their families are sad because they could not find their children. This is a great book since the illustrations are simple and even something children could reproduce. This book would also be great to use when teaching primary and secondary colors in art or a light unit in science.more
The plot of this book had a conflict and had a clear message. It was based upon two dots, one blue and one yellow. One day blue went to find yellow and when they found each other they hugged and turned into green. Then their parents didn't know who they were, until they cried and became their original colors again. There was an introduction and all the characters were introduced, there was a conflict and then it was resolved. It was a basic plot which taught the reader what happens when yellow and blue mix. The genre of this story was fantasy. It was a fantasy book because dots of color were the characters of the book. The author personified them and had them go to school, play hide-n-seek and hug each other. It was a believable story in the context the author set up for us. Art Media: paper and paintAppropriate Age: Primarymore
Honestly, I can't think of a way to describe this book without just typing the entire story into this review.But it is very memorable, and I certainly loved it as a child. Leo Lionni is the classic children's author whose name you never remember but whose books you most definitely read as a kid. Don't pass this one by without at least checking it out.more
Wonderful story about friendship. Also nice books about the mixing of colors.more
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I loved this book! For being a children's book it is so deep and meaningful. I think that it is a wonderful book to share with children and just ask them what they think about it. While they may not get it on a level as deep as we adults do I think they could come up with some pretty close ideas. The story is all about acceptance and when you look at the time it was written around it helps to put a lot in perspective. It is a fantastic book!more
This is a deceptively complex little picture book and one I have gone back and forth on. The illustrations are wonderful and I believe their simplicity help children find the value and meaning in their own art work, regardless of their technical skill. The story deals with friendship and color, a tricky topic to cover with colors and figures so displaced from real life. I think it is an important contribution to a classroom library but should be read aloud and discussed with guidance at some point, so students come away with positive, cohesive ideas.more
LIttle blue and little yellow is a simple story of friendship. One day, little yellow and little blue hug and become one green dot. After this, their parents fail to recognize either one of them, which I find a tad bit morbid. After the devastating rejection from their families, they try and once again become two separate colors, thus reuniting them with their parents. This story is simple and delightful for younger readers, but on a mature and deeper level, an inference of a moral involving diversity can be made. The matter of rejection of a "different" color places emphasis on a racial aspect of the story. But, for younger readers, it is mostly a lesson in primary and secondary colors.more
I first thought of color…, color of skin after reading this book. When they - two best friends were mixed in green, their parents didn’t even realize them… The story is colorful but at the same time very dark and make me think a while....more
Genre: Realistic FictionReview: This is a great example of realistic fiction because it is a story that can be taken literally or with more depth and encourage talk about difference and color. Media: Watercolormore
Two friends, yellow and blue, form together to make green. When they each went home their parents didn't recognize them until they separated out again. In celebration of getting their children back, Blue family and Yellow family hugged and became mixed colors of each other.more
Leo Lionni, Little Blue and Little Yellow, (1996). NY: Alfred Knopf.Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, go to school together, and play together. One day, Little Blue is home alone and decided to seek out Little Yellow. When they find each other, they hug, and they become one and turn green. They returned to their families, but their parents didn't recognize them and all were very upset and sad. Finally, when they let each other go and return to their original colors, their families realize what happened and the Blue and Yellow families hug each other with joy and turn green.The use of shapes and textures effectively convey the characters and their relationships with each other - the children are represented as small textured circles and the parents are tall, elongated, and rounded to symbolize warm, safe, symbols. The book is small, sturdy, and easy to read for small children as one page is dedicate to each thought and each sentence.Little Blue and Little Yellow is a delightful read-aloud that can be very useful in introducing children 5-8 in the concept of friendship, diversity, and respecting differences in others, and the challenges that can arise.more
This is an amazing book for young children as it teaches many things. The two main characters, little blue and little yellow, hug so tight that they combine to green. Once they arrive home, their parents don't see that they are who they are because of their color. I got more out of this book than a young child probably would get out of it, and I believe that there are a few hidden meanings in the story, but it would be a good book for young children for a color unit or an art unit as it demonstrates that blue and yellow combined make green. It could also teach friendship.more
Yellow dot and blue dot are best friends, when they hug they become green dot. After getting home blue family and yellow family don't recognize their little dots. Then they cry and cry and become themselves again. Great yellow and blue make green, real simple text.more
Genre:This book is a good example of fantasy because the events in this book could not have happened. The two colored dots were given human characteristics, which would not happen in real life.Characterization: 4starsAge: Primarymore
this is a great little book about two best friends, little blue and little yellow, who one day hug and become green. they enjoy being green together until they try and go home and neither of their parents recognize them. this upsets the two little ones so they begin to cry and as they cry they begin to separate and become blue and yellow once again. This would be a good book to help introduce the concept of colors and how some colors are made up of mixing together other colors.more
This is a sweet and simple book about little blue and little yellow. They were best friends who liked to play together. One day they hugged each other for so long that they became green. The played and played, but when they went to little blue's home, "but papa and mama blue said: "you are not our little blue - you are green. And papa and mama yellow said: "you are not our little yellow- you are green." What happened next? They cried and cried. Did their parents ever recognize their little blue and little yellow again? Read this story and find out!more
Blue is supposed to stay home while mom is at the store, but he and Yellow decide to spend time together. A hug turns them green and, when they go home, their parents refuse to believe that it is them. When the cry and cry, they become Blue and Yellow Again. When their parents hug them, they turn green and now believe their story.more
This is a cute book where colors are characters. They were best friends and they lost each other. They looked everywhere for one another. When they found each other they hugged so tight that they turned green. This is a fun way to teach children about colors!more
This represents a Modern Fantasy because it uses setting and characters that are make-believe and would not be possible in real life. It is mostly pretend, but holds a bit of truth so that it can be understood in our own world.more
This story is about two friends, one is blue and the other ios yellow. They do everything together. One day little blue's mom went shopping and little blue stayed home so he could play with little yellow. When little blue went to look for little yellow he could not find him. little blue looked everywhere for little yellow and finally he found him. Once they saw each other little blue and little yellow hugged each other so tight that they turned each other green. When little blue and little yellow went home their parents were upset that they were not the little blue and little yellow anymore. So little yellow went to little blue's house and they cried until they were not anything but tears and when they pulled themselves together they were little blue and little yellow agian. Mama blue and papa blue were so happy they hugged little blue and little yellow so tight they became green and they realized what had happened to little blue and little yellow so they went accross the street to tell mama yellow and papa yellow. I enjoyed this book. It was a clear understanding of colors and friendship.I would use this book in my classroom as a read aloud book. It would also go with a color unit.more
This is Leo Lionni's first children's book. The inspiration for the story was sparked during a train ride with his grandchildren. He had torn out bits of paper from a magazine and made up stories to keep them entertain. This book is a story of blue and yellow. They go out to play without telling anyone. While playing, they turn green (blue+yellow= green) and their families are sad because they could not find their children. This is a great book since the illustrations are simple and even something children could reproduce. This book would also be great to use when teaching primary and secondary colors in art or a light unit in science.more
The plot of this book had a conflict and had a clear message. It was based upon two dots, one blue and one yellow. One day blue went to find yellow and when they found each other they hugged and turned into green. Then their parents didn't know who they were, until they cried and became their original colors again. There was an introduction and all the characters were introduced, there was a conflict and then it was resolved. It was a basic plot which taught the reader what happens when yellow and blue mix. The genre of this story was fantasy. It was a fantasy book because dots of color were the characters of the book. The author personified them and had them go to school, play hide-n-seek and hug each other. It was a believable story in the context the author set up for us. Art Media: paper and paintAppropriate Age: Primarymore
Honestly, I can't think of a way to describe this book without just typing the entire story into this review.But it is very memorable, and I certainly loved it as a child. Leo Lionni is the classic children's author whose name you never remember but whose books you most definitely read as a kid. Don't pass this one by without at least checking it out.more
Wonderful story about friendship. Also nice books about the mixing of colors.more
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