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Chameleon is tired of constantly changing colors. He blends in wherever he goes and no one ever sees him! Hippo, however, is envious of Chameleon. He would love to be a different color. Surprisingly, all of the other animals in the jungle would too! So Chameleon sets to work painting stripes on the lion, polka-dots on the elephant using every color and pattern under the sun. But as the animals soon learn, changing their original appearance causes problems they never expected ......
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Chameleon is tired of constantly changing colors. He blends in wherever he goes and no one ever sees him! Hippo, however, is envious of Chameleon. He would love to be a different color. Surprisingly, all of the other animals in the jungle would too! So Chameleon sets to work painting stripes on the lion, polka-dots on the elephant using every color and pattern under the sun. But as the animals soon learn, changing their original appearance causes problems they never expected ...

Author Biography: Chisato Tashiro was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied economics at Meiji Gakuin University and later studied the history of children's picture books at a school in Takatanobaba. Her work has been exhibited at several shows in Japan. This is her first book for North-South.

Tired of always changing colors, Chameleon is surprised to discover that other jungle animals are bored with their appearances, and he sets out to make each whatever color and pattern he or she wishes.

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Chameleon is tired of changing colors. His friends sometimes do not even see him. He is surprised when Hippo tells him he would like to be a different color, and is happy to oblige him by painting him pink. He then offers to paint any of the other animals who would like a change. At first they are happy with their new colors, but then the complaints begin. Angrily they chase after Chameleon. Just as he is at the edge of a high cliff, a thunderstorm washes all the animals back to their normal color. And Chameleon is content to be "normal" as well. The beginning end-papers depict Chameleon at ease amid matching lush green leaves. The end pages show many lizards matching the night-time blue leaves under a half moon. Large, double-page jungle scenes resound with textured colors and patterns. The simplified animal shapes make a ready canvas for the decorations. The scene of the mass of creatures running jubilant in the night is wild, while that of the downpour at the cliff confrontation is dramatic. The moral is, of course, self-evident. 2003, Michael Neugebauer/North-South Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
There are several kinds of board books. Generally the more successful are those which are designed for the format from the start. Then there are the board books miniaturized from original larger format picture books. The book in hand was "adapted"—another variation—so thought was given to those large blocks of adult reader copy. Even so, the reduced type size of the copy still feels a tad alien. Fortunately Tashiro's artwork is bright and bold, pulling the reader from one extraordinary double-page spread to the next, and Camelion's story seems made for such visual extravagance. After all, what's a lizard to do when his name is synonymous with camouflage? Our fellow works out his identity crisis by trying to camouflage all the other animals—an amusing conceit until they realize what it does to their own hunting and survival issues. Meanwhile, youngsters will enjoy Hippo's conversion to pink, and Lion's bright new stripes, not to mention Elephant's polka dots. The resolution is amazingly powerful, too. The bottom line then, is to be grateful for this English edition of the Swiss original, no matter the format. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735818873
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Michael Neugebauer Books (Hardcover) Series
  • Edition description: 1ST U.S. E
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

CHISATO TASHIRO was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied economics at Meiji Gakuin University and later studied the history of children’s picture books at a school in Takatanobaba.

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  • Anonymous

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    Highly recommended-you must check it out!

    This is a fabulous story that should be in every early childhood classroom. We've read it everyday since I added it to the library!

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    Beautiful Book

    Excellent story and stunning illustrations!

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