Friday, September 16, 2011

friday book review: the mixed up chameleon

the mixed up chameleon
by eric carla
suggested reading level: ages 4-8

this is a story of a chameleon who does not like that he changes color to match his surroundings. he notices a zoo and all the unique animals there, and he begins to wish he could be like the animals. he finds his wishes coming true as he becomes tall like a giraffe, handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and on and on. the more he wishes, the more he changes. he turns into a mixed up little chameleon as he takes on parts of all the animals. he soon discovers that the parts look great on the original animals but don't do very well together. he wishes to be himself again so he can reach a fly to eat. this book sends the message that being yourself is always the best, and that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

this book was read the first week of will's preschool,
and he is wanting to read it constantly ever since.
his teacher did a cute activity with a picture of a clear chameleon.
will has played with that chameleon almost everyday since.
he loves putting it over everyone's clothes to see it change.
i can imagine how this book must resonate with him;
he is our child who is already so comfortable in his own skin.

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