I’m a big fan of Leo Lionni’s books. They are timeless. This is a wonderful pre-k book that never fails with my preschool and kindergarten students. In this book, Leo Leonni blends colors to create a story of friendship and family. His ripped paper art is creative and appealing to young audiences.
Little blue has lots of friends, but little yellow is his best friend. One day, little blue goes out looking for little yellow. When they finally find each other, they hug and become one green dot. They go on all sorts of adventures together but when they go home to their families, their families don’t recognize them. It isn’t until they both cry that their tears turn them back into blue and yellow. The families recognize their children and everyone hugs, going from blue and yellow to green.
The 2012 Caldecott Medal winner. This is a terrific wordless story. Students can follow along as I turn the pages and they “read” about Daisy the dog and her love for her red ball. One day, Daisy goes for a walk in the park with her owner. Daisy and a brown dog play with her red ball. When the other dog pops Daisy’s ball by accident, and the ball is thrown away, Daisy goes home and puts her head on her paws. No words are necessary to know exactly how Daisy is feeling. Everyone’s hearts go out to her. When Daisy goes to the park the next day, there is the brown dog with a blue ball. They play together. The book closes with Daisy happily sleeping on the couch with her new blue ball.
This book was so fun to show my K and Prek students. The library was absolutely silent as my K students realized they had to follow each of the pictures in order to understand the story. We then went through the book together as students retold the story. My Prek students tended to shout out what they thought was happening. Either way was fine and very entertaining to watch my students faces as I turned the pages.
The water color illustrations really shine.