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Chameleon Chameleon

Chameleon Chameleon

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by Joy Cowley, Nic Bishop (Illustrator)

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This book shows how a chameleon and other animals use camouflage to find food and avoid predators.


This book shows how a chameleon and other animals use camouflage to find food and avoid predators.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This book allows children to see a chameleon up close through the use of its incredible photographs. It is a story with few words as the photos colorfully tell the story. The photos follow a male panther chameleon on a typical day's adventure. This type of chameleon is native to the tropical rain forests of Madagascar. The chameleon leaves the safety of a tree in search of food. He has to be very careful as he is now easy prey. On his cautious journey he encounters a gecko, two tiny chameleons, a tiny frog, a scorpion, and a big caterpillar—food! Through the use of photos it is easy to see how the chameleon changes colors depending on its mood. There is a "Did You Know?" section that describes the chameleon in greater detail. A note from the photographer explains how the photos were taken. This book would be a wonderful addition to any elementary school's library or science curriculum. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 5 to 8.
—Lisa B. C. O'Connell
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-Brilliant color photos of Madagascar panther chameleons highlight this slender story of a male who runs into a defensive female while changing territories in his search for food. Fortunately, she recognizes his peaceful demeanor and accepts his intrusion (no mention of mating). Back matter includes two pages of facts and a note on how the photos were taken (for example, images of two animals together were devised from individual shots "stitched" together on the computer). With simple text and exceptional photos, this book may be the jumping-off place for such titles as Michelle Knudsen's easy-to-read Colorful Chameleons (Random, 2001) and Rebecca Stefoff's Chameleon (Benchmark, 1996).-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a lush companion to Red-Eyed Tree Frog (1999), a brilliant blue-and-green panther chameleon runs out of food in his tree and descends to the forest floor in search of a more populated hunting ground. The unadorned present-tense narration takes him past various harmless critters and a scorpion (not harmless) until he finds another tree, complete with new bugs ("ZAP!") and a friendly female chameleon. Cowley's simple text, aided by clever page design, emphasizes the chameleon's deliberate pace as it navigates its way "step . . . / by step . . . / . . . by step." Bishop's gorgeous photographs invest their subject with enormous character, allowing expressive poses to amplify the text and develop the story. Images are set into boxes against pages that, appropriately, shade gradually from green to yellow to orange as the chameleon creeps along. End matter provides further information about chameleons, and a photographer's note explains the methodology, but these are truly additional features. The book's real success, as with its predecessor's, lies in the way words and pictures come together to deliver a satisfying nonfiction adventure for very young children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.14(d)
180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Joy Cowley began to write for children as a way to help her son with his reading. Since then, she has written over 400 books for early readers, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book winner Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Big Moon Tortilla, and Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey. Her latest title is Chameleon, Chameleon, which is a follow-up to the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. She currently writes for both adults and children.

In grade school, Joy was struggled with reading. However, when she discovered the adventures found in books, she “forgot” that she couldn’t read. “By the age of 11, I was a book addict who haunted the local library,” says Joy. “ And like all children who over-dose on reading, I penned the overflow. Writing too, became an addiction.”

She married a farmer when she was twenty-years-old, lived on a dairy farm and raised four children. “During those years I milked cows, changed diapers, made puppets and play dough and wrote short stories in the evenings.” Joy states. An editor in New York read one of those stories, reprinted in Short Story International. That query led to five novels for adults. She was also writing stories for her son Edward, who was a slow reader. These little stories made their way to other children, other schools and by the early 1970s, teachers were making “big books” from them to use with their students. “Can you get these stories published?” they asked.

Joy is still writing full-time. These days the creative hours are divided between adult writing — articles, spiritual reflection material, stories and novels — and books for children.

Joy Cowley lives in New Zealand with her family.

Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including RED-EYED TREE FROG; CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON; NIC BISHOP SPIDERS; and most recently, NIC BISHOP LIZARDS. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Originally from New Zealand, Nic lives in Michigan. Visit him online at www.nicbishop.com.

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Chameleon Chameleon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shalott25 More than 1 year ago
Using full color, vivid photographs and short, clear sentences, the daily life of a chameleon is narrated in an understandable and engaging manner. Easy for younger children to understand and engaging enough for older ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My four and a half year old son has just begun to venture into the world of reptiles and lizards and found this book to be a bedtime story for the past 2 weeks. We borrowed it from the library but now I'm going to purchase it due to being such a favorite.