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Chameleon's Colors
     

Chameleon's Colors

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by Chisato Tashiro
 

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What if lions had stripes and elephants had polka dots and . . .—
 
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

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What if lions had stripes and elephants had polka dots and . . .—
 
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 strips on the lion and polka-dots on the elephant. He uses every color and pattern under the sun. But, as the animals soon learn, changing their original appearance causes problems they never expected.
Chameleon is tired of blending in wherever he goes. How much fun it would be to paint himself—and everyone else—in checks and spots and stripes!

Editorial Reviews

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
Children's Literature
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735823174
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Chisato Tashiro was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied economics at Meiji Gakuin University and later studied the history of childrens 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.

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Chameleon's Colors 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Shalott25 More than 1 year ago
Excellent story and stunning illustrations!