Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Tigers have black and orange stripes. It seems that every animal has its own distinctive color, except the chameleon. And that makes the little chameleon hero of this picture book very sad. Every time he moves, he changes color! So, wanting nothing more than a color to call his own, he decides to stay in one place forever, on the greenest leaf he can find.

At last the chameleon is happy, until autumn comes, and the leaf changes from green to yellow to red. Finally, another chameleon arrives, and suggests they travel together. The two set off for a new life of multicolored adventure as friends.




Leo Lionni is the beloved creator of more than 40 books for children, four of which have been named Caldecott Honor Books. His bright illustrations vibrate with each of the chameleon's many colors, illuminating this heartfelt tale. A Color of His Own , like many of Lionni's other stories, works well both as a picture book and as an original fable with a subtle message for children: that true identity comes from who you are inside.