Crafty Chameleon

Overview

This is the story of why Crafty Chameleon changes color and hides when he hears you coming. Tormented every morning by leopard and bullied by crocodile, the clever little chameleon decides to play a trick on them. He manages to get the better of his two oppressors without them even knowing how he did it!

A chameleon bedeviled by a leopard and a crocodile uses his wits to get them to leave him alone.

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Overview

This is the story of why Crafty Chameleon changes color and hides when he hears you coming. Tormented every morning by leopard and bullied by crocodile, the clever little chameleon decides to play a trick on them. He manages to get the better of his two oppressors without them even knowing how he did it!

A chameleon bedeviled by a leopard and a crocodile uses his wits to get them to leave him alone.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Hadithi and Kennaway Greedy Zebra and Hot Hippo both Little, 1986 have once again merged their considerable talents. The resulting effort is a double treat, for Crafty Chameleon is a pleasure to both the ear and the eye. Hadithi is a gifted storyteller, bringing together a lyrical use of language and a fine sense of cadence in the tradition of the world's greatest folk tales; his story of how the cunning chameleon outwits two bullies of the African bush, Leopard and Crocodile, calls to mind the wondrous talents of Kipling and Aardema. What Hadithi does with words, Kennaway does with visual images. Her watercolors evoke the natural palette of the bush and are at once both bold and subtle. She captures perfectly the humiliation, anger, and inventiveness of Chameleon while portraying Leopard and Crocodile as haughty, swaggering, and eventually defeated brutes. Crafty Chameleon is that rare and joyous balance of story and picture that so enriches children's literature. Laura McCutcheon, St. Catherine's School, Richmond, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340486986
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Series: African Animal Tales
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 969,028
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Mwenye Hadithi and Adrienne Kennaway are the co-authors of the African Animal Tales series, including Greedy Zebra, Lazy Lion, and Tricky Tortoise.
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