Little Blue and Little Yellow

Author(s): Leo Lionni

children's picture books

Celebrate its 50th anniversary with the reissue of this classic. Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, but one day they can’t find each other. When they finally do, they give each other such a big hug that they turn green! How they find their true colors again concludes a wonderfully satisfying story told with colorful pieces of torn paper and very few words. Leo Lionni launched his children’s book career in 1959 with this “unusual, imaginative, stimulating, and appealing picture book”—The Horn Book Magazine.This 50th-anniversary edition includes Lionni’s own explanation about how the book came to be during a train trip with his very young grandchildren. Virtually out of print for decades, it will join the other Lionni picture-book classics on the Alfred A. Knopf list.


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"An unusual, imaginative, stimulating, and appealing picture book." --The Horn Book Magazine "Abstract art with heart." --School Library Journal's Top 100 Picture Books Poll (voted #66)

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators' Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as "a master of the simple fable" by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

General Fields

  • : 9780399555534
  • : Random House Children's Books
  • : Dragonfly Books
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leo Lionni
  • : Paperback
  • : 117
  • : 32