PPBF: Little Blue and Little Yellow


Title: little blue and little yellow

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:)

Resources:

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's MAGICAL!  

It can be repeated over and over ... the milk just keeps moving and swirling. This was a BIG hit with my class today.




Then we found some neon food colouring so of course we had to start all over:)





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10 comments

  1. I can't believe I've never heard of this one. Thanks for introducing it. And you're right, Scholastic's activites are wonderful!

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    1. Even tho' it's an old book and I've been a Leo Lionni fan for years, I also missed this one!

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  2. Oh, it looks like you had a BLAST. Thanks for sharing an old title that's new to me, too!!

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  3. This does look like a sweet keeper of a book. So does that experiment.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  4. I think this one is a real evergreen picture book.

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  5. Well! What fun! Cute book and fun experiment! I think I could do that paint trick!

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  6. I enjoy this book too! That is a fun experiment to go along with it. I like how the colors swirl and spread! So pretty!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  7. This looks REALLY fun - and the activity to go along with it brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Ooooh. . . I love the art project! And what a sweet way to talk about the mixing of colors on the wheel. I don't remember this one, although I recognize the author. Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. Great book choice and great activities, Barbara! Thanks so much! I'm a huge Leo Lionni fan. I love Swimmy, when he says, "I'll be the eye" :) And I love the one about the mouse who saves up all the colors for winter and is a poet. Thanks for sharing this one!

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