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Little Blue And Little Yellow

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,534 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
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?
38 pages
Published (first published 1959)
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Dec 21, 2015 Piperitapitta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Ma perché è verde?

Confesso: non è mio.
Non l'ho letto di mia iniziativa.
Non l'ho letto solo tre volte, ma tutte quelle (ancora!) che mia nipote Lorenza me l'ha chiesto (e non solo a me per fortuna) nella settimana di giugno in cui è stata a Roma :-)
April Thompson
Sep 10, 2014 April Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give a girl a children's art book and you make her smile. Big.
Irma L. Munoz
Nov 03, 2013 Irma L. Munoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is great for beginner readers. It's a great way to incorporate art into reading. I got a chance to see my mentor use this book for a lesson. After reading this to her kindergarten class, students were able to recreate the story by using their water colors. With a venn diagram, students painted a circle yellow and the other circle blue. When students got to the center of the venn diagram they were able to see how blue and yellow made green when combined. It's an awesome way to t ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Plch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
My husband was really perplexed after reading this book, what was all about? Unexpectedly (for him) our children, like almost any other children, just love it and, of course, want to hear it and to repeat it over and over.
My oldest now says he's little blue and his best friend of the moment, who kisses him all the time, is little yellow. Pity that little blue has not a little brother because my youngest couldn't but chose little red and little red doesn't get much action.
Tristian Paulson
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Jul 19, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
What a sweet little book. I heard about this book from Andrea Cheng’s Year of the Book. Definitely a read for children of all ages (especially as it would be a mother reading to a toddler if the child still doesn’t read yet)…The books makes me feel fuzzy, sweet, and loved. Those are the best books ever always! This story is about little blue and little yellow, just as the title says. Its so simple and adorable. Little blue and little yellow are friends and one day they seem to miss each other an ...more
David Schaafsma
Oct 09, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
I am sure I read this a long time ago, as I would have read a lot of Lionni books, but this one is here, kiddos are reading it, and so I read it again. I like it a lot. It's very simple, just dabs of bright color to tell a story. I am not sure what it means that the two kids--one blue, the other yellow--becoming green together, become unrecognizable to their parents suddenly, but the kids all liked it. Don't over think it, Dave.
I really like Leo Lionni. For those who are critical of the book, maybe they're asking or expecting a little too much from this book. In my opinion, this is sweet book about friendship and family. It uses color mixing, yes, but I don't see this as the point of the book or even a great teaching book. Like another reviewer, I don't see the connection to diversity.

It's just a nice preschool book that young children can relate to and can enjoy. There is pre-school level suspense when little blue an
I know this is a classic, but I had never read it. I requested this book because I thought it might be good to add to our choices for "art/colors/painting" in storytime. I appreciated what the book was trying to do, but didn't think it would work for our purposes. I accidentally brought it home instead of sending it back and my 4 year old wanted to read it. I thought it was quite outdated and kind of weird (it's 50 years old) and didn't think he'd like it much. He actually really enjoyed it! He ...more
Maryam Fiaz
Oct 26, 2015 Maryam Fiaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friendship, colours
Very clever way of creating a story. Essentially the characters are blobs of colour but you end up forgetting that and see them as any other character in a story.
Oct 29, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-g-4, racial-justice
Little Blue and Little Yellow a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year, 1959

A simple but carefully crafted story about how children of various colors live together and have abiding friendships. This was amazing in that it was originally published in 1959.

"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 Graph
Christine Stephens-volante
‘Little blue and little yellow’, by Leo Lionni, is a children’s picture book, aimed at young children, from Nursery, Reception, up to Year 2. (I think it is also the sort of book older children will turn to for comfort, as an enjoyable old friend. Have it in the shelves in your classroom and see how many older children turn to it for a little relaxing read during free time!)

Delightful simple pages where the characters, a group of children, are presented with blobs of rainbow colours, playing rin
Jan 20, 2016 Rochelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully fun story about friendship and color mixing. Many opportunities for acting out portions of the story make this book a read aloud that young readers will love!
May 05, 2011 CamryWagon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-childrens
This was the first book that I ever checked out from the public library. I believe I may have been four or five years old. It became a favorite, and I recall checking it out a few times.

As a child, I simply thought this was a very touching story. It was somewhat reassuring; just about all children fear being lost. As an adult, it's easy to attach a multi-cultural message to the story, but I'm not convinced that any such thing was the author's intent.
Brittaney Reed
Lionni, L. (1959). Little blue and little yellow. New York: Ivan Obolensky Inc.

"Little Blue and Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni is a great book for children to learn about colors, and blending colors. This is definitely a beginner book for readers at the young age. It is about a little blue dot and a little yellow dot who are friends and one day they hug and become green. Their parents don't recognize them and so they cry until their little pieces form their solid color again. It doesn't have in d
Well, I liked the illustrations. I loved how they were so simple. And that I could have drawn them myself! But I think a young child would definitely follow. Plus it leaves plenty of room for imagination to take over. The story wasn't too bad either. But the whole "became green" thing seemed a little odd to me. I know it's me, but still. Odd.
Jordan Brown
Feb 17, 2014 Jordan Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-etl-2368
Little Blue and Little Yellow
Author: Leo Lionni
Reading Level: Ages 4-7

L, Lionni (1959). Little Blue and Little Yellow UK: HarperCollins

This story details the story of two sentient colored blue and yellow dots that, through a friendly display of affection, become one green dot. It's a story of true friendship.

This book is a wonderful way to introduce color concepts to children--such as mixing colors as the books cover suggests. As suggested on the cover, both dots merge into a green one, which ca
Aug 14, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of Norton Juster's Dot and Line book in some ways, Lois Ehlert's Leaf Man in other ways, and in other ways it was similar to Verdi by Janell Cannon. I like all of those books and I like this one too. I feel like the book could be used in an art class as a cool writing project. The classroom teacher could read this book and then the art teacher could give the students the chance to learn about color blends with paint. I also like the idea of using it to bridge the gap betwee ...more
Codie Gates
Dec 29, 2012 Codie Gates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Little Blue and Little Yellow share a harmless hug and turn into......GREEN! Their parents are upset until the little dots show them that it is ok.

I think this book is a symbol for diversity. I would use it in any grade level to address diversity issues.
Mar 30, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edutl-2368
Lionni, L. Little Blue and Little Yellow. HarperCollins Publishing (1995).

This picture book follows two little dots, one that blue and one that is yellow. They are very close friends and one day when they hug they disappear and become green. They become very confused and eventually their parents are able to separate them , but the two remain very good friends.

This is an excellent story to use with young children who are learning their colors and what happens when you mix certain colors. The read
Gina Diloreto
Mar 01, 2014 Gina Diloreto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lionni, L. (1959). Little blue and little yellow. New York: Ivan Obolensky, Inc.

This book has very simplistic artwork, yet it works on many levels, in my opinion. It personifies these blobs of color. They hug and become green (teaches young children about mixing primary colors to make secondary colors, although I don't know if that was the intention). They cry and the tears turn them back to there original colors. Then, the mom and dad hug them and they become green again. It shows how the peopl
TRAM School
Oct 29, 2015 TRAM School rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once there were three blues, and three yellows. Near the end blue and yellow make green. The friends feel happy together.

- A (5yrs)
Feb 20, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First grade loved this book. Great for teaching about character and problem in a story. The characters were very relatable to the kids I teach and did things they do (play with their friends, get hugs from their parents). The problem of mom and dad not recognizing their children when their kids are changed by independent adventures and new friendship was very interesting and concerning to this first grade class; they were very happy when this problem resolved. An obvious choice for teaching abou ...more
Anne Hennessey
Nov 15, 2015 Anne Hennessey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Little Blue and Little Yellow is a picture book. Little Blue and Little Yellow are friends that one day hug so hard that they both turn green. On the surface you could use this book to talk about mixing colors. I however, used this book with the theme the color of me. Each of the students talked about the color of their skin. Some felt they were white and others black. Then we took a piece of white paper and black and none of us were that color. We then used multicultural construction paper and ...more
I added this book to my "want to read" list a few years back when I read about it in Andrea Cheng's The Year of the Book. Then I promptly forgot about it. I've been trying to go back and read some from my enormous to-read pile though, and I'm so glad I ILL'ed this. The whole book is an incredibly sweet story about friendship and I loved it. The excerpt from Leo Lionni's autobiography about the story behind the book was a nice bonus.
»мσяgαиα« (over the hills and far away)
Un classico della letteratura d'infanzia che ha visto la luce nel 1959. Piccolo blu e piccolo giallo è la storia, affrontata tramite tavole illustrate con semplicità e colori vivi, di due colori amici che amano giocare assieme. Un giorno però, i due vengono separati ed è qui che inizia il viaggio per ritrovarsi; un cammino che porterà i due, e non solo, a scoprire che possono mescolarsi per creare un nuovo colore. E' una cosa che nessun colore sapeva e quando lo spiegano ai genitori questi paion ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschoolers, children of mixed racial background, children in diverse communities
Shelves: for-your-kids
This is not my favorite storytime book, because the pictures are pretty abstract. In my experience, some kids think there is some detail they are missing, so they come sit on my feet - or stand up in front of the other kids - to get a better look.


If you want to share a story about accepting one another's differences, even and especially in the face of adversity; not judging someone based on their appearance/making new friends; trying new things; concepts of color (particularly blue + yel
My son (3 1/2) used to ask me these questions about the colors constantly, and almost obsessively. And most of them I could not answer. "What happens when you mix orange and silver? What about brown and purple? What does blue and black make??" When we saw this book at the library, I'm sure he thought: "Finally, I'll get the answers to ALL my questions." In any case, when you mix yellow and blue, you end up with green, and that's the topic of this book. There's an emotional twist to it as well. L ...more
Cari Mcintyre
Jun 26, 2012 Cari Mcintyre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Little Blue and Little Yellow is a concept picture book about colors that tell the story of a little blue circle and a little yellow circle that became friends. The story follows the blue and yellow blobs along with their colored blob family and friends. It follows the journey of the special friendship between blue and yellow and how they became one and turned green. After they returned home in their new color, their parents were very upset. Little Blue and Little Yellow were so sad and cried te ...more
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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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