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A Color of His Own

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  15,309 ratings  ·  247 reviews
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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 alw
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 23rd 1993 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1975)
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Meghan Porter
In my opinion A Color of His Own is a great story about being yourself and embracing what makes you you. The chameleon in this story is upset that he does not have a color that is all his own. He is upset and he wants to be his own unique chameleon and to feel that he is unique. He goes on a leaf and thinks that finally he will have a color that is all his own, but when the leaves change, so does the chameleon. He then meets another chameleon who tells him that the fact that they can change to ...more
The book's protagonist is a chameleon who wishes he could be one color all the time, like the other animals he sees. He decides to spend the rest of his life on a green leaf so that he will always be green. While I appreciate the dilemma and the melancholy tone it sets, I do not like the resolution. It felt like an answer to a question that wasn't asked. (Though I'd be willing to change my mind if it were intended to send a message in support of same-sex relationships, which is one way to read t ...more
Laura Mincey
I LOVED reading this book by Leo Lionni. A Color of His Own tells the story about a chameleon who just can't seem to stay one color. All of the other animals in the story have a color that never changes, but for some reason, he always changes to blend in with his counterparts. The chameleon runs into a wiser, older chameleon and asks about the problem of always changing colors. After learning from the wise chameleon that their color will never be constant, they decide to stick together. Everywhe ...more
Sita Maria
This story is about a chameleon that is searching for his own colour, it starts of by going through various animals and their colours, e.g. Parrots are green, Pigs are pink. He eventually meets another chameleon that tells him they will never have their own colour but they stick together so they change colour together.
I like this book for young children as I think it has valuable lessons in it. It can be used with a key stage one class to get them talking about identity in addition to this is r
English 212
I thought this book did a wonderful job of getting some very good themes across in so few words. This book to me was about realizing that you have more in common with other people than you may think, even when you feel alone. Like with the leaves, they do not have a color of their own, because they are always changing like the chameleon as well. I also thought that this showed that friendship is extremely important because if you feel like you do not belong, it can help to have someone there bes ...more
Sarah Plitt
A Color of His Own By: Leo Lionni

This short story is a classic portrayal of finding where we fit in. The story starts with telling the colors of different animals. Interestingly, the text and the pictures were not parallel. In fact, I am not sure why the text was misaligned with the illustrations the way it was. I read this book as a digital book and I am not sure if this erratic portrayal is because of the digital representation of the story. Although the text and illustrations were inconsiste
Kiana Gerard
Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own is a very brief picture book about making friends and being yourself. Lionni begins the book by saying that every animal has their own color. Elephants will be gray and pigs will be pink, but then the author introduces the chameleon as not having a color of its own. We are introduced to one chameleon sitting on a tiger's tail who wants to be his own color. Every time he moves to different places, he always changes color and blends in with his surroundings. The ano ...more
A color of his own by Leo Lionni, at first glance appears to be a sweet story about a chameleon searching for his own coloration but finds friendship instead, but upon further inspection is actually the story of a chameleon whose journey through an ever adapting environment, ultimately leads the chameleon to find its place in the world. Readers are narrated through the journey of the chameleon and are enchanted by the simplistic folksy environment that, much like our own world, changes and adap ...more
Leo Lionni’s A Color of His Own is a beautifully crafted tale of friendship and belonging as a chameleon searches for his own color. The story begins before the copyright or title page. It sets the scene for the story, with no color, only white space and black font to juxtapose the chameleon’s sadness of having no color, unlike all the other animals. Lionni introduces a young chameleon who, in his search for color, meets another chameleon with the same problem. Together they decide to “remain si ...more
A chameleon can't seem to figure out why he doesn't have a color if his own. He knows that other animals are always one color but he doesn't like that he changes color as he moves around. He meets a chameleon and he asks him what he thinks about it. The other chameleon agrees but thinks that if they stick around together, they will have a color of "their own". No matter where they are, if they are together, they will always have their own color.

The story can be used to teach children about cham
Natalie Mauro
This is a picture book that is suitable for children ages 3-6. It's great for the younger ones to help identify colors, but the story line and it's message is beneficial for older children as well. It is about a chameleon who realizes that every animal but him has it's own color, and it's something that we wants too so he tries to get it. He realizes he can stay one color like the other animals if he remains on a green leaf. However, that is changed when autumn comes and that leave changes color ...more
Everyone wants to feel like they belong. A Color of His Own takes you through different animals that are identified by their different colors, it then shows you the chameleon that just wants to have a color of his own. He tried to stay on a green leaf so that he would always be green but through the seasons the leaf changed color and so did the chameleon. One day he came upon another chameleon and asked if they would ever have a color of their own? The other chameleon suggested they stay togethe ...more
Lillian Mulholland
It was a good book about being what's inside of you. It doesn't matter what color you are or what you look like, it matters inside and who your friends are. Your friends like you for who you are if they're good friends. And if you don't like the way you look, don't pay attention to that! Pay attention to what's inside of you.
Michelle Lasser
I really enjoyed this book and the morals it gives the reader. The illustrations were absolutely lovely, including the color and the texture. This book not only teaches us about the cool nature of the chameleon, but it gives us a real life lesson; the lesson that we can't go out looking for who we are, but that all the places we go and the experiences we have IS who we are. Sometimes we are going to have "different colors" depending where we are and who we are with.

I gave this book 4 stars beca
Bianca Arias
In the book, A color of his own, by Leo Lionni, expresses that it is okay to be different. In the story it shows that the chameleon was upset that he did not have an original color like the other animals. As he was walking he decided that he was going to stay on a leaf so that his color would never change. However, as the seasons change so did the color of the leaf. Finally the Chameleon realized that he will never have his own color but he met a chameleon and they stuck together and are the sam ...more
Victoria Hawkins
In the book, A color of his own, by Leo Lionni, expresses that it is okay to be different. In the story it shows that the chameleon was upset that he did not have an original color like the other animals. As he was walking he decided that he was going to stay on a leaf so that his color would never change. However, as the seasons change so did the color of the leaf. Finally the Chameleon realized that he will never have his own color but he met a chameleon and they stuck together and are the sam ...more
Jessica Latwinn
Again, I find myself several books behind my Goodreads reading challenge and what better way to catch up quick than with a children's book. I borrowed this title through my library's ebook lending site, the sample provided was cute with attractive and colorful illustrations so I decided to bite the bullet and give this one a shot. I wasn't totally disappointed. The story line was simple yet cute, the illustrations, as I mentioned, were bright and full of color, the only thing that could have bee ...more
Diana Manzo
This book was nice and short. It created actual connections to the real world by showing what color each animal was. This could be stuff kids already know or are still learning and it's great for learning to read. The sentences start out short then get longer. There is also dialogue which can be introduced to children to familiarize them with different types of writing. The images are also interesting. The way the chameleon changes colors is well depicted and shows why they change color. They di ...more
Leo Lionni’s A Color of His Own is a quaint story about a colorful chameleon in search of his own color and his own identify. The story fosters feelings of self-acceptance and accepting others, the need to fit in and the importance of friendship. Lionni’s classic illustrations are simple, yet the rich and vibrant colors are very captivating for young readers. The text is straightforward, but its placement varies from page to page. Overall, a wonderful picture book that will keep young readers in ...more
Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
I think this is a cute story.
It starts off telling us colors of different animals and how animals have their own color.
Then we meet the chameleon. And learn that they change colors a lot.
But this chameleon decides that he wants to be his own color too. (Basically he doesn't like the fact that he changes colors based on his surroundings.)
So he decides to chill on a leaf so he can remain green.
But he doesn't take into account that colors of leaves change with the seasons. So he changes too.
And he
Sarai Review
Every animal has a color of its own. "Parrots are green, elephants are gray, pigs are pink." But chameleons change color wherever they go. "On lemons they are yellow. In the heather they are purple." One chameleon is not pleased with his changeable appearance. He thinks, "If I remain on a leaf, I shall be green forever, and so I too will have a color of my own." Of course, what he doesn't take into account is the changes wrought by autumn, and soon the green chameleon is yellow,
1. Rating: 4
2. A book review from Barnes and Noble said, "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... When he befriends another chameleon, he realizes they will always be the same color if they stick together. This newfound friendship is far more mea
Melissa Long
This wonderful picturebook is laid out in a landscape/horizontal format. One of the best and most prominent attributes of this book is the illustrations. The illustrations are very bright, colorful, and appear to be created using watercolor. The pictures also seem to be created using a sponge and paint technique so that the pictures are not always colored in and often have a textured look. The colors used in the book also are utilized to portray mood within the story. For example, the colors are ...more
Vanessa Maeda
Main Characters: Chameleon
Setting: Anywhere Outside
POV: 3rd Person

In this short story, every animal has a color of its own. “Parrots are green, elephants are gray, pigs are pink.” The only thing is that chameleon changes colors wherever he goes. “On lemons they are yellow… in the heather they are purple…” Because chameleon wants to be like everyone else with their own personal color he decides to remain in a leaf forever. Unfortunately, as seasons change, so does his color. In his long s
This story starts out by describing different colors of different animals. It says "Parrots are green, goldfish are red", etc. But then it says how the poor chameleon doesn't have a color of his own-that his color changes wherever he goes. Similar to some children feeling that they don't fit in, this chameleon is just trying to find his place. He decides to sit on a leaf so he will always remain green. But to his surprise, the leaf color changes with the season and he continues to change with it ...more
"A color of his own" by Leo Lionni is a wonderful book. I love this book because of it's main idea. The story is about being accepted, and learning to accept yourself. He first explains that chameleons change colors with whichever object they are near, and continues on with his sad story of not being accepted. After roaming around for quite a while, he runs into another chameleon. The only difference was that this chameleon was much older and wiser. He informs the main character that he is not a ...more
Hailey Dellinger
The main idea of "A Color of His Own," by Leo Lionni, is a chameleon that is trying to find his true colors, but soon finds that companionship is more important than having a color of his own. Although every animal has a color of his own, chameleons change wherever they go or are near! For example, in the book it shows that "Parrots are green, elephants are gray, and pigs are pink." It shows that when chameleons are on a lemon they are yellow like the lemon. The main character is the Chameleon w ...more
Maggie Burgess
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 presch
Kaylin Marton
This horizontal book is created that way to show the movement forward for the chameleon while he is continues his journey of self discovery. I think this book might be a little confusing for some young readers due to the pastel watercolors. In many of the illustrations the color didn't seem to match up with what the words said the color was. As an adult it is easy to infer what the color is but as a child this might be off putting.
Sara Bland
This is a great book for young children, probably kindergarten-aged. I think that this could be read to any age group, though, that needed some encouraging to "be themselves" and to form friendships. The story line is almost sad at first when the poor chameleon cannot figure out what color is "his" color, and then he finds a friend. This had a very sweet ending and I would recommend reading this book.
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Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner--for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

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