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Children's LiteratureThis Level 3 entry in the "Step into Reading" series does an excellent job of interesting readers in the ways chameleons develop, what they eat, how and where they live (mostly in Madagascar and Africa), and why they change color. The illustrations do double duty with colorful and accurate portrayal of chameleons and as support for the text, for instance, when food for chameleons is discussed. Five different reptiles are shown with sticky tongues wrapped around five different types of food. A map shows where they're located and a longer section of text discusses facts and falsehoods of chameleon color changes. This book packs a lot of information into its 48 pages and while it lacks an index or topic headings within the text, report writers could use much of the information here. It would also suit older, struggling readers as a resource with its clear but lively prose and several challenging words with pronouncing hints in parentheses. This book is a strong addition to the series. 2004 (orig. 2001), Random House, Ages 6 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.