The Mixed-Up Chameleon

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

by Eric Carle

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ISBN-13: 9780064431620
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/1988
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 56,345
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.


Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.

Hometown:

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1929

Place of Birth:

Syracuse, New York

Education:

Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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The Mixed-Up Chameleon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Mom2sassypants More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too sure about this book when I first thumbed through it. We checked it out from the library but after several renewals had to purchase a copy. My three-year-old absolutely loves it. She loves commenting on all of the parts he adds when wishing to be different things and hooting about how "he is sooo mixed up!" The tabbed pages allow her to basically read the story to herself after hearing it several times. I babysat several kids up to age 5 and took this book. They all loved it and we had to read it again. Then we made our own mixed-up chameleons. I traced the chameleon on to cardstock for them. They painted the chameleon all different colors and then glued on items like feathers, pipe-cleaners, little pom-poms, googly eyes etc to make him all mixed-up. The final touch was a ribbon for his tongue. The craft was a hit. I think the book has touched on important concepts about self-image and liking yourself just as you are for my daughter. It also gave us an avenue to discuss how animals and people have different attributes that make them unique and special. We can admire someone elses attributes - but that we can't always possess the same ones.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I thought this book was ok. It talks about a chameleon who learns he can change his size and shape as well as his colors. He changes and becomes a conglomeration of a lot of different animals but then isn't happy; when he goes back to himself, he is happy. It's a good message--that we are happiest when we are ourselves--but the book didn't really excite me or my daughter. It's still a cute little book, though.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A chameleon is not happy with his life. He doesn't like changing colors or eating flies. He goes to zoo and wishes he was all sorts of different animals such as an elephant, flamingo, deer, turtle, and many more other animals at the zoo! After wishing to change into so many different animals he became all mixed up and he couldn't eat when he was hungry. He transformed back into his original self and realized being himself is best of all. This can teach students that each child is unique in his/her very own way and can teach students that they should appreciate that they are different.
lekenned on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a cute story to read to young children to teach them about colors and about self acceptance.
carriedold on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Good story to promote originality.
roryblythe on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This story is about a chameleon who wishes he had characteristics of other animals. At the beginning of the story, we learn that the chameleon changes colors in order to blend in with his surroundings, and that he uses his long, sticky tongue to eat flies. One day the chameleon wanders into a zoo. He sees all kinds of animals and wishes he had characteristics of each of those animals. Each wish is granted, and he gains certain qualities of each animal. At the end of the story, he sees a fly. He tries to catch the fly with his tongue, but he no longer has that ability because he is made up of too many other animals. He finally wishes that he could be himself again. His wish is granted, and he gets to eat the fly. I rate this book 5/5. The story is a great way to introduce students to the very basic qualities of some wild animals, and it has wonderful illustrations. Additionally, it implicitly reminds students that they should always be themselves, and never try to be anything or anyone else.
Orpgirl1 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Eric Carle's classic color teaching book The Mixed-Up Chameleon is a perfect representation of his unique illustrating form. By layering colors and mediums in a one dimensional collage format, Carle is able to bring the animals that help children learn the colors of the rainbow to vivid life. The story focuses on a chameleon that desires to look like other animals he sees in a zoo. By using this inherently interesting animal as a model, Carle begins adding on other parts of animal's to the chameleon's body. By the end Carle has created an animal so fantastic and unreal that only the imagination of a child could understand its possibilities (Carle states that it was with the help of thousands of school children that he was able to write this book). The end moral of this story is the importance of the chameleon being himself, doing the job he was made to do, not wasting his life with wishing he was someone else. This moral, when coupled with the fantastic colors and bizarre images of Carle's artistry, combine to form a truly classic children's picture book.
Jourdon on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Eric Carle¿s The Mixed Up Chameleon looks hungry and deflated with a gray marble color in the opening scene. Bored with the life of predictably changing color, little chameleon decides to visit the zoo where his wish are miraculously granted. With repetitive text, the series of transformations becomes hilarious as the chameleon accumulates a tails, fins, and a rainbow of colors in a collage of illustrations. The transformations add bold colors, textures, and shapes to little chameleon. The simple text has a smooth flowing repetition that helps young readers recognize repetitious words. The illustrations vary in color and are heavy lined, with a crisp appeal. The end of the story results in self reflection and encourages individual strengths rather than changing to be like others. With a great moral, catchy tone, and bright illustrations, this is a great book for beginning readers.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Eric Carle has such a gift for creating books which reach children's imagination. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is just such a book. In this book a little chameleon is not happy with his life, so he wishes for different traits of different animals. In the end though this did not make him happy. To be happy, he just needed to see what was the best things about himself. My granddaughter and I read this book over and over again on a visit. At 2 1/2 she was practically reading the book with me. I cannot recommend this book any higher to all readers with young ones. I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very colorful and seemed very age appropriate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the part were where he turned into a polor bear. That was really cool that his wish came true. It was very entertaining. It teaches you a lesson to be yourself.