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!