Author: Leo Lionni
Publishing: HarperCollins, 1995
Suitable for Ages: 4 to 8
Genre: Children’s fiction
Themes: Friendship, Similarities & Differences, Colours
Synopsis (from Amazon): Little blue and little yellow share wonderful adventures. One day, they can’t find one another. When they finally meet, they are overjoyed. They hug until they become green. But where did little blue and little yellow go? Are they lost?
Opening: This is little blue. Here he is at home with papa and mama blue.
Why I Like This Book: I love the simplicity, charm and innocence of this book. Each page has just a few dots, but even though the illustrations are sparse, the book is surprisingly full of character and carries an important message. My class LOVED it when I read it to them this afternoon. They loved how the dots mixed and changed colours and they decided that the blue family and yellow family should just merge and become the green family forever:)
1. Scholastic has a fabulous lesson plan pdf HERE. My favourites are the Paint-Blot Book and a lovely poem called “Yellow”.
2. Rainbow Milk Experiment. This fits right in with the science part of the book.
Fill a dish with homogenized milk, add some food colouring, dip a q-tip in liquid soap, then dip the q-tip into the milk.
It can be repeated over and over … the milk just keeps moving and swirling. This was a BIG hit with my class today.
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