Monday, October 11, 2010

Little Blue and Little Yellow

Yes, he's probably more famous for Swimmy, Frederick, Cornelius and a permanent color-desiring chameleon, but Leo Lionni's Little Blue and Little Yellow is right at the top of my list of favorite art books for little ones. The pure genius of personalizing a blob of color and giving it a bigger blob of color for parents makes this story so easily identifiable to the preschool set in a simple yet engaging way.

The main blobs of color, little blue and little yellow, even find other little blobs of color friends and play hide and seek behind black strips of paper. Genius, I'm telling you!

When little blue and little yellow hug and turn themselves permanently green, hilarity ensues as their parents think they are missing. A fun way to use this book to help young children express creativity is to see what other little colors could be made if different color blobs hugged.

Little blue even shares a smooch with his parents at the end, and you can almost see the affection between these different sized blobs of color.

What a fabulous book for stretching a little one's creativity while giving them imaginable adventure! I love it!


  1. Just stumbled upon your other blog where I saw the picture link for this blog - a picture from one of my most favorite books ever, Oh What a Busy Day! Do you love that book too? I loved it so when I was a child, and luckily found a copy at a flea market for my own children. I'm glad to see that someone else knows it exists - most people have no idea what I'm talking about!

    Off to explore your blog!

  2. I really enjoyed your blog, thanks for sharing.