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A Color of His Own

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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...more
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
Brian
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...more
Betsy
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
Stephanie
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...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...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
Sarai
Amazon.com 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,...more
April
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...more
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

Summary:
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...more
Courtney
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
Maleigha
"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...more
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.
Kindal Kottman
This book looks at all the differnt colors of animals , but then focuses on the poor old chameleon who has no color of his own. The chameleon feels as if he doesn't belong because he never stays one color. He is only the color of whatever he is standing on . One a leaf he is green. "On a tiger he is stripped". One day the chameleon comes across another chameleon and they share their sadness of never having a color. So they make a pack to stick together that way they both will always be the same...more
Vivian
What does sharing the author and illustrator of each book during a library story time add to the child's gestalt? I don't know. But I tenaciously keep doing this. I read the title, sometimes pointing to it, sometimes running my finger under it and then I say "Leo Lionni wrote the words and drew the pictures".

I like encouraging the children to participate. I let them finish the sentences that ended in a "color" word. Parrots are ___________ (green, in this case), fish are ___________(red, in this...more
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Lionni, L. (1997). A color of his own. New York: Crown.

Summary:
A chameleon searches for his own color, as the other animals have their own color. After trying out different colors, the chameleon finds another chameleon and explains his problem. As friends, they change colors together.

Reviews/Awards:
Publisher's Weekly 6/19/2006
Horn Book Guide 10/1/2001
Horn Book Magazine 10/1/2001
Publisher's Weekly 8/25/1997
Horn Book Guide 9/1/1993

Curriculum Connection:
* Build self-esteem and connection to others...more
Kelsey
A chameleon wants a color of his own. He tries to stay on a leaf, but it changes colors and falls. In the spring, he finds another chameleon. He learns that he will never be one color, but with his chameleon friend the two will always match. The chameleon learns the value of friendship. The book would be appropriate for encouraging print motivation.
Elizabeth Vance
This poor lizard feels like he doesn't have a place because he doesn't own one color for himself :( He is so busy comparing himself to others that he temporarily loses sight that their are others like him. This is a wonderful lesson for children. My son was left handed until he was 5 and began to notice that everyone else used a different hand and his arm was always in the way. Therefore he switched his hand. Funnily, everything else he does, throwing a ball or dart, kicking a ball, starting a r...more
Annie Baucke
This book can be helpful when planning an art project for your class. One idea would be to read the book aloud to the class and then have each student cut out a chameleon and then decorate it anyway that they would like. I would recommend that this project be used in a kindergarten class or younger. This book has a very good lesson behind it that I think all children should learn which is, everyone is different and it is important for the child to embrace this difference, accepting themselves. M...more
Michelle Melchin
The book layout is square. It is neither lanscape or portrait. On the majority of the spreads there are no borders. There are many different colors in the book each meaning something else. They are bright and vibrant, which sets a happy mood. On the title page the illustrations are on the left looking toward the right page. This leads the reader in to begin the story. The illustrations are done in watercolor with whispy movements. The illustrations are not done with incredible detail, which leav...more
Anna J.
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni is about how chameleons are different from other animals because they change colors to blend in with their surroundings. This book describes one chameleon in particular that is sad because it does not have a color of his own. The conflict is resolved when the chameleon meets another chameleon, and they decide to stay together so that even though they still change colors, the two of them are the same color at the same time. This book is very cute with interesting...more
Christina Taylor
In A Color of His Own, the narrator suffers from an identity crisis. He laments that all other animals have their own color, yet chameleons change color wherever they go. Heavily burdened by his color shifting, he seeks stability but only finds false hope. Fortunately, the narrator eventually meets another chameleon who conveys to him that there is strength in numbers. If they remain together, then even though their colors will change they will always be alike. Throughout the story, Lionni’s bri...more
Jenna
A chameleon is sad because he has no color of his own. Pigs are pink, elephants are grey, and goldfish are red, but the poor little chameleon is the same color as what he is standing on. He wants so much to have a color that can be his, and goes so far as to stay on a leaf so he will stay green. Even this does not work as fall changes the leaves to red and, so too, the chameleon. At last he finds a friend and they decide to go together everywhere so they can at least be the same color as one ano...more
Sara
This book had better have some decent pedagogical lesson for a later stage in A.'s life, because right now, it's just annoying his mom. Pigs are pink. OK... but Goldfish are Red? Look at the words! Then the colors don't even line up all the time--things that are supposed to be yellow are in fact spring green in places. Don't little children have a very exacting personality at some point in their development? I can't imagine this would fly. Besides, the whole premise (that chameleons are at the w...more
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FROM PUBLISHER:
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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