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A Color of His Own

A Color of His Own

by Leo Lionni Illustrated by Leo Lionni

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. Finally, another chameleon arrives, and suggests they travel together. The two set off for a new life of multicolored adventure as friends.

Leo Lionni is the beloved creator of more than 40 books for children, four of which have been named Caldecott Honor Books. His bright illustrations vibrate with each of the chameleon's many colors, illuminating this heartfelt tale. A Color of His Own , like many of Lionni's other stories, works well both as a picture book and as an original fable with a subtle message for children: that true identity comes from who you are inside.

Ages
6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent
2.8
Lexile Measure
640L
DRA
16
Guided Reading
I
Publisher
Tandem Library

About the Author and Illustrator

Leo Lionni 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 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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