A Color of His Own

A Color of His Own

by Leo Lionni


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The charming story of a chameleon searching for his own color, who ends up finding a true friend.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 chameleon. When another chameleon suggests they travel together, he learns that companionship is more important than having a color of his own. No matter where he goes with his new friend, they will always be alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679887850
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/30/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 52,359
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

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.

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A Color of His Own 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful drawings, fun story about learning to love yourself the way you are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A chameleon wishes to be individual like all other animals but keeps changing color.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Chameleon is sad that he doesn't have his own color and he's always changing to blend in, so he tries staying on a leaf, but as the leaf changes color, so does he. He tells another chameleon that he's saddened by this, so they agree to stick together and always be the same color.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a chameleon who is trying to figure out where he belongs. He tries to blend in with all of the things around him, but finally feels accepted when he finds another chameleon who is just like him.
Rita6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿A Color of His Own¿ is a fun, easy, picture book that is informational and told in third person. This book tells the story of a chameleon trying to find his own color, who finds a friend instead.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a chameleon that is frustrated because he does not have just one color. Every time he gets on an object that is a different color he also changes. He then meets another chameleon and they become friends and he no longer is sad about finding one color.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute story about a chameleon trying to find his "color". A good story for young readers about self-acceptance
tracystewart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love sharing this story with my little friends during my unit on "Me and My Friends"
ljemanuel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for some one learning to read or a beginner reader. There are pictures and the sentences are good for point and read.
Kace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book to my children. I love the illustrations, though they're simple, and the message within the story is one I hope my children take to heart, so thats a plus.
sharty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The chameleon is sad because he has no color of his own. He changes wherever he goes until finally in the springtime grass he meets another chameleon. While he continues to change color, now he has a friend who will always be the same as him.
tlelm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book that uses a lot of color. The chameleon changes to the color of everything he stands in front of. he then meets another chameleon and they change colors together and have a fun time.
kperk12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would read this book to 1st-3rd graders, mainly because in that age group children begin making friends and fitting into groups around them. This Chameleon seeks someone like him who doesn't stay the same color like all the other animals. Everyone else has a certain color, and look about them except him. In the end he finds a friend who sticks with him and tells him they can change together. It shows we all need a friend like us in life, no matter how different we are just so we arent lonely. I think this is a great book to read when school first starts to get children motivated to blend together and make new friends who may not be just like they are. It helps their confidence level when they make new friends because they have each other to rely on. Definitely a must read!!!
Gabrielle.Detrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just love chameleons! They are so fascinating, and children just love learning about their ever-changing colors. This story tells about a chameleon that does not feel special. He wants to find a color of his own, but it seems as thought he just can¿t. He feels alone, and hopeless at times until he finds another chameleon friend just like him. Together they find happiness in being different, and that you just have to accept who you are and be happy. This book is such a good science resource. One could tie it to a lesson about animals and how they are all different. The book introduces various animals that all could connect with a science lesson. Tigers, elephants, fish, birds, and pigs are introduced. It talks about how each animal has it¿s own color. The book also discusses the environment, and how chameleons can camouflage themselves with their surroundings. The book talks about the seasons as well. The chameleon goes through the seasons trying to disguise himself with the environment but it changes as the season does. This book is good for students to learn about science standards. I would recommend this book to early elementary classrooms because it is a rather simple book to read. It offers vibrant watercolor illustrations, and a cute chameleon as the main character. The book also offers life lesson, in that you don¿t have to pretend to be something you are not, you just have to be happy being you!
bcbias on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a wonderful book to read when there are some students in your class who feel like they are different. The chameleon is upset because he doesn't have just one color. He doesn't feel like he'll ever be like anyone else. He meets another chameleon who tells him that if they stay together then they will both change to the same color and they'll never have to be alone. They learn to accept their difference and embrace it.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read for k-1 grade. Its about a chameleon who wants a color of his own. Even though most animals have a specific color, he does not. He changes color everywhere that he goes. At the end of the story the chameleon finds a chameleon friend that shows him that even though he might not have his own color, life will be better if the two of them stick together. So for the remainder of the story both chameleon's stick together, changing colors happily wherever they go.
Leshauck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A camellion can change his colors and so can our kids in life. A great experience filled with learning and disposition displayed in this book.
blue8444 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book. My toddlers enjoy seeing the colors and hearing the simple words. I enjoy the message of tolerance and difference and not needing to fit in. Plus it's just fun and easy to read.
ENeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿A Color of His Own¿ by Leo Lionni is a picture book about a chameleon who is struggling to be his own person. The book describes how ¿parrots are green and goldfish are red¿ and that they have their own unique color. Chameleons change their color to blend in with their surroundings. The chameleon meets another chameleon and they changed colors together and lived happily ever after!¿A Color of His Own¿ is a great book! I remember reading this when I was a little girl so when I came across it, it brought back a flood of memories and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It helps distinguish the different colors. I think that this book will help children that are struggling to find themselves and are trying to be like the other children they are around. Classroom extension would be to read this book to the children on the first day of school or any other time that the children are struggling to be themselves. This book can also help with the understanding of colors.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Color of His Own is a cute book that shows the life of a chameleon that never has his own color like every other animal. You experience the chameleon try to be it's own color. I would recommend this book for younger kids but if you like quick, cute books this one is perfect.
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Tariqshah Syed More than 1 year ago
Looking at cover i think its cute WOWSY WHISKERS