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A Color of His Own    by Leo Lionni order for
Color of His Own
by Leo Lionni
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Some animals are one color, some are multi-colored, and some change to another color during the seasons of the year. However, the chameleon changes colors to match its surroundings.

One very sad chameleon became weary of changing colors so often. He turned yellow on a lemon, and got stripes when he sat on a tiger, and oh, how he yearned to be A Color of His Own. So, one day he said to himself 'If I remain on a leaf I shall be green forever'. Alas, his happiness was short-lived as the seasons changed, so did the leaf. It not only changed color, it fell to the ground. But the chameleon's situation was resolved when he made a friend.

Four-time Caldecott Honor winner Leo Lionni is fondly remembered for the more than forty children's book he wrote and illustrated. In A Color of His Own, infants to preschoolers will learn about colors, animals, and acceptance - in a way they can easily understand.

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