A Color of His Own

by Leo Lionni

Paperback, 1997



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Dragonfly Books (1997), 32 pages


A little chameleon is distressed that he doesn't have his own color like other animals.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
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.
LibraryThing member TorrieM
At the beginning of this book it shows different animals and their colors. Then there is a chameleon who changes colors every time he touches something. He wants to find his own color so he sits on a leaf. As the seasons change the colors of the leaves so does he. He meets another chameleon friend
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and they decide to stay together and change colors together. I would use this book for Kindergarten and First grade to show colors.
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LibraryThing member mmburks
This is a book about a sad chameleon that has no color of his own. He changes colors anytime his surroundings change. He finds his solution in another chameleon that could always be the same color as him.
LibraryThing member cmiller05
A chameleon wants to have a color he can call his very own. When he discovers that, no matter how hard he tries to have a color, he cannot, he meets another chameleon that feels the same way.
LibraryThing member Leshauck
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.
LibraryThing member ENeal
“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
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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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LibraryThing member GWES.Second
A chameleon decides to stay on a leaf so that he can remain green. As the seasons change he realizes that this is an impossible task. He meets another chameleon and decides companionship is more important than what color he is.
LibraryThing member jrjohnson1
I like this book a lot. I think it teaches are children to accept color of people. It is a very easy read.
LibraryThing member mlcrofford
I love this book! This is a creative book about a chameleon finding his own color. This chameleon runs into other animals that stay the same color and is upset that he is always changing because he wants to find his own color. He tries to stay on a leave but when seasons change so does his color.
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Finally, he finds a friend whom he travels with so they will always be the same color. This cute picture book shows the importance of friends. Wonderful illustrations!
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LibraryThing member adh016
This book is about a chameleon who is searching to find a color of his own so that he can fit in with the other animals in his environment. He sits on a leaf, and as the seasons change, so does his skin color. With the help of an old friend, he learns to accept his individual beauty and is happy
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with who he is. The pictures in this book are beautiful, and this book is perfect for teaching students about self acceptance.
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LibraryThing member mercedesromero
This fun book shows children how a chamileon can change his colors to adapt to their environment.
LibraryThing member kmsmith13
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member kperk12
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
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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!!!
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LibraryThing member Lthatfield
One day a chameleon wanted to be a color of his own, just like all the other animals. He decided to sit on a green leaf, so he could stay green forever. When the seasons changed, so did the leaf, and the chameleon changed once again. He met another chameleon who decided if they stay together, they
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will be the same color together. So they lived happily ever after with each other.
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LibraryThing member bcbias
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member TonyaJordan
This book is about a little chameleon who cannot understand why he does not have a color of his own. He goes on a search to find his own color. Finally he finds a friend that changes colors the same way he does and they are friends forever.

I like this book because of the way the author describes
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how most animals have a color of their own, but chameleons change colors with their environment. It would be very easy for a child to relate to this book. I also like the lesson about self acceptance that this book teaches.

In the classroom I may read this book aloud as a part of a science lesson about environments. I may also get a chameleon as a class pet and change the environment weekly to show how it would change.
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LibraryThing member mmjones3
It is about every animal having their own color except for chameleons. Whatever they touch, they turn into that color. He finally meets another chameleon that changes the same color as him. They stay the same colors as each other happliy ever after.
LibraryThing member justine.marxer
Genre: fantasy

Review: This is a good example of fantasy because the reader is so into the story he/she is not bothered by the fact some things do not happen in real life (for example, the notion that chameleons talk and want to have a color of their own). The story is sweet and shows the value of
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Theme: The overall theme of this story is the value friendship. The chameleon is saddened after realizing he does not have a color of his own, but finds this not a problem when he has a friend to change with.
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LibraryThing member aswideman
A Color of His Own shows students that even though the chameleon changed colors it was no different than any other chameleon. So students are no different than any other student.
LibraryThing member enajane
A lovely story about a chameleon looking for a color of his own. This book is a good introduction to teach children 5-9 years old about our living environment and how we are physically different and similar, and how animals survive. It also can be used as an introduction to diversity awareness with
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older children and the lengths we will go to be accepted.
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LibraryThing member ljemanuel
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.
LibraryThing member Kace
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.
LibraryThing member sharty
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.
LibraryThing member kdcoshatt
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.
LibraryThing member lcbelew
This is a book about a chameleon, and they change to the color of their surroundings. This chameleon wants to stay one color, and have a color all his own like the other animals he sees. He decides to stay on a leaf so, he will be green forever. However, as time passes the leaf and the chameleon
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changes to yellow, orange, and red until it falls off all together. Then, the chameleon finds another chameleon, and they become friends. They always stay together so, they will always be the same color as each other. This book would be great for to read to younger children. The vocabulary that is used in this book would be really good for older students to practice reading. It is all about different animals and colors so, the pictures are really good. It would also be an interesting book for all children.
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