Publishing: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1987 (originally 1959)
Description: Originally thought up as a way to entertain his two rambunctious grandchildren on the subway, Lionni tells a heartwarming story of the friendship between Little Blue and Little Yellow, and how their friendship literally causes their colors to meld together and become green.
Programming: This would be a perfect tie-in for a pre-school class learning primary and secondary colors.
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, Geisel Honor Book
Publishing: Roaring Book Press, New York 2012
Description: The book has thick oil painting illustrations that show various shades of green-eventually showcasing spreads that are “never green” or have “no green.” Cutouts in the pages function as a reverse pop-up book. They are cleverly placed and perform double functions as you turn the pages.
Programming: This could be used in an art class, for pre-schoolers learning about colors. (This would be great in a color unit on Green day!) It might also be a fun twist on an earth day celebration/unit.