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Little Blue and Little Yellow

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,582 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
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
Board Book, 42 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1959)
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Oct 06, 2008 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book was actually originally published in 1959. When I saw the "first published date" I knew something was wrong since this was a favorite of mine when I was little, in the mid 60's. I tried to edit the information, but couldn't at the top, so I am adding the information here. I also don't know why the picture of the book disappeared, it was there when I first entered the book on my booklist.

My sister and I have loved this book since childhood, and now her children do too. I rediscovered i
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Erin Reilly-Sanders
For what appears to be a rather simple book, Little Blue and Little Yellow have some very interesting things going. One aspect is certainly in the illustrations. The conventions used to suggest the movement of the characters are very limited with the torn-paper-like-blobs which would provide a great opportunity for discussing how the illustrator conveys ideas like jumping, hugging, looking, and going. I'm personally very interested in the use of various brown blobs to represent "home" in a highl ...more
Hlee Moua
Jan 31, 2013 Hlee Moua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leo-lionni
Little Blue and Little Yellow book is about two friends that love to be around one another. They have many friends and this book show the adventures that Little Blue and Little Yellow have together. I thought that this book was interesting because it touches three kinds of the learning domains; they are Social, Emotional and Creative. This books pinpoint the social domains because the author mentions about Little Blue's friends and his best friend Little Yellow. It also reads about how all the c ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 :-)
»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
Cortny Green
Little Blue and Little Yellow is a cute but powerful story for young children ( Pre-K or Kindergarten). The story is about a blue dot and yellow dot and how they are friends with each other. They hug one day and end up turning green. Their parents don't believe the green dots are their children because their children are supposed to be yellow and blue. Eventually the parents discover that when they hug a yellow or blue dot, they turn green. This story sends out a powerful message to young reader ...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.
Tristian Paulson
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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.
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)
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
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.
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!
Miss Sarah
Two dots who live across the street from each other love being friends but what happens when they hug? Will they still be themselves? Cute color concept but older audience for complexity.
Colton W
Sep 18, 2016 Colton W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, listened-to
This book teaches you how to mix colors!
Rachael Kaplan
Sep 26, 2016 Rachael Kaplan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teach students about reading the pictures
Oct 18, 2016 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends. One day, Mama Blue goes out shopping and tells Little Blue to stay at home. Instead, Little Blue goes out to find Little Yellow to play. When they found each other, Little Blue and Little Yellow hugged. They hugged each other until they were green! When they came home, their parents did not recognize them because they were green instead of blue or yellow. Little Blue and Little Yellow were very sad and cried and cried until they were all tears. Wh
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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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