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Little Blue and Little Yellow

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,626 ratings  ·  210 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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April Thompson
Give a girl a children's art book and you make her smile. Big.
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 I thought it was quite outdated and kind of weird (it's 50 years old) and didn't think he'd like it much.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
Irma L. Munoz
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
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
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
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
Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionmi, is a great fantasy book for children with so many different lessons packed in it. This story is about two blobs of color, blue and yellow, and bigger blobs that represent their parents. They children were left alone and not supposed to go anywhere, but as most kids do, they didn't listen. They hugged each other and both turned green. They cried when they got in trouble with their parents and after enough crying they returned to their original color. ...more
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Apr 07, 2013 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschoolers, children of mixed racial background, children in diverse communities
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
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
Hlee Moua
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
Eva Kelly
So this one is about two colors (BLUE AND YELLOW, in case you missed that!) who love each other and when they hug, they turn into ONE color (green) because that's what colors do. But then their parents don't recognize them because they're just green, so they start crying in their own colors and then everyone figures it out. It's kinda hard to explain but that doesn't mean it isn't a good one. It's a REALLY good one. All this guy's books are SO GOOD!
Emily Levings
Lionni, L. (1959). Little Blue and Little Yellow. New York: Ivan Obolensky Inc.
This book was about two little friends, who when they hug, turn into another color. I think this could be a great book to use for younger children to teach that every one is different and about colors. I liked this book just because it didn't talk about gender, race, or anything truly controversial. I think it is a good book for little kids.
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
Mara Meyer
The illustrations are simple in this book but have the ability to enhance the childrens learning of colors. This book is perfect for early education students, primarly kindergarten, when they are learning their colors. I loved the way the author showed how blue and yellow make green through a hug and the tears turned them back you blue and yellow. Students really enjoy this book!
Very good story line with simple illustrations. Many people appear to think this book is about "diversity', I don't think so. I see it as two colors that have fun together, and the result of what happens when they combine and go home to their families. For those that think "diversity", well, you may not be seeing "the trees for the forest."
Kevin Wright
A deceptively simple story about the strong influences of friendship told with a compellingly minimalist graphic sensibility. Lionni was apparently a Futurist painter turned advertising designer turned children's author who pioneered the use of collage in children's book illustration. A bold debut from an incomparable illustrator.
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
This was a beautiful introduction into a discussion of primary colors and how mixing them makes new colors! My son (age 3.5) really enjoyed it. My only criticism is that in the book it seems that once yellow and blue mix, they can un-mix. In real life, this is not really possible.
Kiera Turner
I really enjoyed this book! Great way to teach about primary and secondary colors and how colors mix. I also like how not only is mixing colors a lesson in the book but also friendship and acceptance are as well. Great book to read across many themes!
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Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni is a story of friendship told through abstract art. Lionni tells a simple story of colors where an intense hug between two friends merges them into another color. Subsequently each of their families reject them. They cry separate blue and yellow tears. After they pulled themselves together they regain their identity. The parents hug them and discover what had happened.

A very cute story that reminds me a bit of my childhood favorite The Little Rabbit W
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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.

Leo Lionni has gained international
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