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A Color of His Own

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Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Only the chameleon has no color of his own. He is purple like the heather, yellow like a lemon, even black and orange striped like a tiger! Then one day a chameleon has an idea to remain one color forever by staying on the greenest leaf he can find. But in the autumn, the leaf changes from green to yellow to red . . . and so does the cham ...more
Board Book, 30 pages
Published November 14th 2000 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1975)
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Wonderful board book with easy-to-follow English and Spanish text. Beautiful illustrations highlight the story. Makes learning colors in Spanish fun for kids and adults!
Manik Sukoco
Jan 01, 2016 Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful and simply told story about a chameleon feeling lonely because he doesn't have a fixed color, when all the other plants and animals do, is illustrated in eye-catching colors that I think are meant to be appealing both to adults and children. Like other reviewers have noted, these colors don't necessarily fit colors as we know them from paint sets. Instead, they're wonderfully variegated, like colors actually are in nature. Admittedly, most lemons are pretty bright yellow at the su ...more
Meghan Porter
Sep 24, 2011 Meghan Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2012 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan
This was a great book about a lonely chameleon trying to find a find a color of his own. All the other animals and things have a color of their own and he keeps changing. Then he meets an older wiser chameleon who says that he will always change colors but they can do it together an never be alone. The illustrations are large and brightly colored. This is a good story about being yourself with bold eye catching pictures that children will love.
Sita Maria
Oct 19, 2013 Sita Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hunter Branch
This book is about a chameleon, who struggles due to the fact that, unlike other animals, he does not have his own color. The chameleon changes color as he moves, so one day he finds a green leaf, and he is confident that if he stays on the leaf forever he will not change colors. However, as the seasons change so does the leaf and the chameleon is saddened once again until he meets another chameleon. The older and wiser chameleon suggests that, even though they will always change colors, they ca ...more
Shante' Polite
Title: A Color of His Own
Author: Leo Lionni
Publisher and Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2000

A Color of His Own is a great story about being yourself and embracing what makes you the person you are. 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 t
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Catherine Chang
Nov 15, 2015 Catherine Chang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of belonging and friendship. A chameleon is unhappy with not having a color of his own. He tries to stay on a leaf all the time so that his color will not change anymore. But when the leaf turns yellow in autumn, his color changes again. Finally he meets another chameleon that would like to be together with him all the time. The chameleon becomes so happy because there will always be someone who has the same color as him.

It is a good book for teaching where the sense of belonging
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Nikki Horne
Sep 02, 2015 Nikki Horne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leo Lionni does a great job of introducing colors to children in his book A Color of His Own. This book is about the life of a chameleon who can't seem to find his true color as it is always changing. It shows how different objects throughout the book have their own color, but the chameleon realizes he does not. It takes us through his experience of trying to find a color that can be his only and his struggle to accept that he can never stay one color.

I personally love this book. It was given t
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English 212
Jun 28, 2015 English 212 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paige-2015
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
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Kiana Gerard
Sep 06, 2014 Kiana Gerard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rhayne
Sep 05, 2014 Rhayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Betsy
Jun 15, 2014 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching-reading
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
Gounah Choi
This story is about a chameleon who wants to have a color of his own like other animals. With the hope to have a color of his own, he decides to stay on the green leaf forever. However, as seasons change, the leaf turns its color, and so as the chameleon. Lastly, the chameleon finds an older chameleon who can change his color along with the little chameleon as they travel together. the chameleon finally finds inner happiness with the wiser chameleon as his friend. This book makes a good basic ar ...more
Mabbey
Sep 22, 2014 Mabbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nathan
Will try at storytime at some point.
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
Nicole
Sep 09, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Cohen
Nov 10, 2015 Jessica Cohen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The children's book, "A Color of His Own" is about a chameleon who is desperately searching to be just one color. However, he eventually understands that he will never be one solid color. So, instead of trying to be like all of the other creatures and objects, he befriends another chameleon so that way the two of them can always have someone that they can relate to as they change colors together. This book reminded me of two bilingual children, N and T. The two of them befriended each other at a ...more
Brittany
Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Tigers have black and orange stripes. It seems that every animal has its own distinctive color, except the chameleon. And that makes the little chameleon hero of this picture book very sad. Every time he moves, he changes color! So, wanting nothing more than a color to call his own, he decides to stay in one place forever: on the greenest leaf he can find. At last the chameleon is happy...until autumn comes, and the leaf changes from green to yellow to red. Fin ...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
Feb 23, 2014 Michelle Lasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Kayla
Sep 15, 2015 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beginning-books
This book is the story of a chameleon who is upset that he does not have a certain color like all the others animals do. He ends up meeting an older chameleon who says that they will stick together so that wherever they go, they will always be the same color. This a great book to use in a Pre-K class when teaching about the importance of companionship and accepting yourself no matter what you look like. This story could also be used in a science lesson to talk about different animals as well as ...more
That Girl Reads
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
Feb 25, 2014 Diana Manzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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