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by Lyn A. Sirota

Chameleons catch their dinners with their long, sticky tongues. Learn more about these busy-eyed lizards in Chameleons.


Chameleons catch their dinners with their long, sticky tongues. Learn more about these busy-eyed lizards in Chameleons.

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Children's Literature - Laura Backman
Chameleons are lizards. Their big, bulging eyes help them see everywhere. Chameleons live in warm areas and most are found in Madagascar. There are plenty more facts about these unique creatures within this 24-page title that builds an awareness of the diversity of animal forms. Simple text and photographs inform younger readers about the Chameleon's looks, where they live, and what they do. Close-up photographs complement the text, reveal the lizard within its natural, exotic habitat, and highlight their body texture as well as their variety of colors. One photograph revealing the reptile eating its prey may not be enjoyed by all. Photographs that show hatchlings emerge and another capturing its prey with its long, sticky tongue will fascinate the reader. The repetition of language and phrases in the content helps early readers learn new words. The text introduces subject-specific vocabulary words such as egg tooth, predators, tongues, and Madagascar, which are defined in the glossary section but not shown in bold print within the text. The reptile titles in this "Pebble Plus" series contain text features that support young readers' understanding of nonfiction text. Although each of the life cycle diagrams in this series contain the same information, not all begin with hatchlings, which may cause confusion for some readers when making comparisons. Early readers may need assistance with some words and with using the table of contents, glossary, the "Read More" section, the list of internet sites—Facthound, a Capstone sponsored web portal, and the index section of the book. Readers will have a better understanding and appreciation of these unusual looking creatures. Reviewer: Laura Backman
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3–The reptiles in this series, some of which are kept as pets, are explored and photographed in their natural, exotic habitats. The books provide rudimentary introductions to the creatures through spreads that feature one or two simply written sentences opposite a full-page photograph. Geckos, for instance, describes the lizards as making a “squeaky noise” and having “sticky toes.” Gila Monsters informs readers that the creature’s bite is poisonous and that it can have a 20-year lifespan. Each title includes a range map. Some graphic photos are included, such as one in Chameleons that shows the creature swallowing another lizard, and another in Horned Lizards that depicts the animal after it has shot blood from its eyes as a defense. Though the photographs are well reproduced, the titles have a muted appearance and an old-fashioned layout. Extras in each book include a “Life Cycle” illustration and a recommendation to use the publisher’s Fact Hound Web site, which offers related Internet resources. Readers may be drawn to this series to learn more about uncommon reptiles, but the books lack visual appeal.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Capstone Reptiles Series
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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