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Leon the Chameleon

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Leon the chameleon has a problem. When the other little chameleons turn green, yellow or blue -- he turns red, purple or orange! Leon doesn't turn the opposite color on purpose. He just can't help it. Being different makes Leon feel lonely. One day, the little chameleons go exploring and lose their way. As the parents anxiously search for their little ones, they suddenly spot a speck of color far off in the distance. It's Leon! And thanks to his brilliant hue, the little chameleons are rescued. This time, being ...
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Overview

Leon the chameleon has a problem. When the other little chameleons turn green, yellow or blue -- he turns red, purple or orange! Leon doesn't turn the opposite color on purpose. He just can't help it. Being different makes Leon feel lonely. One day, the little chameleons go exploring and lose their way. As the parents anxiously search for their little ones, they suddenly spot a speck of color far off in the distance. It's Leon! And thanks to his brilliant hue, the little chameleons are rescued. This time, being different makes Leon feel proud! Leon the Chameleon is a charming story that also explores the basic elements of color. At the end of the book, a color wheel displays primary colors and their complementary hues.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Watt’s use of primary colors and bold black outlines makes this a good choice for storytimes ?

Young children will enjoy the brightly hued cartoon illustrations and will understand the message about appreciating differences.

Watt debuts with a simple tale that is partly a celebration of physical differences and partly a lesson in color theory. Bright hues and simple shapes lend plenty of visual appeal to the illustrations, especially when the entire double-paged spread is one color (green, for instance) and Leon stands out like a sore thumb. These are the purest colors, too, strong and clear, a plus compared to what is often found in books on color.

? this is not only a comforting tale about being special but also a visually effective choice for children just learning colors.

Quill & Quire
Watt’s use of primary colors and bold black outlines makes this a good choice for storytimes ?
Booklist
? this is not only a comforting tale about being special but also a visually effective choice for children just learning colors.
Children's Literature
This is a sweet little book about color, chameleons and the value of being different. When all the chameleons turn red or yellow to match their surroundings, Leon changes into the complementary or opposite color. Thus when all his little friends are blue, sitting in the blue pond, Leon is a gorgeous shade of yellow. When they are green, sitting in the grass, he is a startling red. It's hard for Leon to fit in, and he feels lonely. But one day, everyone goes for a walk, with Leon trailing behind, trying to stay hidden. Suddenly they realize they are completely lost. When the grown-up chameleons set out to find their missing children, it is Leon's contrasting color that leads them to the group. Amidst a joyous reunion, Leon realizes that his uniqueness is a gift, and he walks proudly home. While there are zillions of "it's o.k. to be different" books, this one gets good marks for staying simple and cute. Kids might also learn a little color theory along the way. 2001, Kids Can Press, $14.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Nancy Partridge
From The Critics
Leon the chameleon has a problem. When the other little chameleons change colors to blend into their surroundings, he turns the opposite color. Being different makes him feel lonely. One day he and the other little chameleons go exploring and lose their way. They are scared and far from home. Because of Leon's difference the big chameleons spot him and are able to bring all the youngsters home. That day Leon discovered that what makes him different from all the other chameleons is also what makes him special! Illustrated with brilliant, bold colors and stark contrasts, this book includes information about primary and complementary colors. 2001, Kids Can Press, $14.95. Ages 3 mo. to 5. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Leon has a problem. While chameleons normally camouflage themselves to blend into their environments, he becomes the opposite color, known as the complementary or contrasting color on a color wheel. This creates a challenge for a youngster who wants to be accepted by his neighbors. One day, they decide to go exploring, and he secretly follows them out of the forest. When they become lost, it is Leon's unique color that leads to their rescue, teaching him an important lesson about individuality. Young children will enjoy the brightly hued cartoon illustrations and will understand the message about appreciating differences. A brief introduction to the color wheel is provided on the last page.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Watt debuts with a simple tale that is partly a celebration of physical differences and partly a lesson in color theory. Because Leon turns red when he sits on a (green) leaf, purple on (yellow) sand, and orange in (blue) water, he feels like an outsider. But this trait makes him a hero when, trailing the other young chameleons far out into the desert, he turns green under the red setting sun and so is visible from far off to the grown-up lizards coming to the rescue. Bright hues and simple shapes lend plenty of visual appeal to the illustrations, especially when the entire double-paged spread is one color (green, for instance) and Leon stands out like a sore thumb. These are the purest colors, too, strong and clear, a plus compared to what is often found in books on color. Watts explicates the ideas of primary and complementary colors next to an appended color wheel with Leon's tongue serving as a pointer. Perfect for the Little Blue and Little Yellow set, or as an alternative to Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint (1989). (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553375272
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 966,274
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

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