The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle (Paperback)
The chameleon's life was not very exciting until the day it discovered it could change not only its color but its shape and size,too. When it saw the wonderful animals in the zoo, it immediately wanted to be like them -- and ended up like all of them at once -- with hilarious results.
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Reading Level: 4+
"Another of Eric Carle's colorful bold short stories with the main character a mixed up chameleon. This chameleon lives a not so exciting life until one day he visits a zoo and sees a variety of animals he dreams he could be just like. The chameleon then notices he can change his color and features to match the animal he was interested in, when in front of the goldfish he turns orange and grows fins like a goldfish. And when the chameleon is observing the pretty pink flamingo he turns bright pink and grows feathers and webbed feet. Like a normal chameleon as he moves along he doesn't change back he keeps all of these different animal features, in the end looking very very funny. This story is sure going to get a laugh out of its young readers and has an interesting lesson to be learned that it is okay to imagine being someone of something amazing such as a superhero, or firefighter, or maybe an animal that can swim or fly like the chameleon."
"This book is a great addition to any Elementary classroom. This book hits many learning points such as the recognition and labeling of colors and the characteristics of a Chameleon species. The story goes on to reveal that being your self is usually the best choice. The story conveys that it might seem like other people have important qualities that are of greater importance than you’re your own, but embracing your own qualities as being unique and important is key. This story has illustrations that would be extremely humorous to a young audience as the Chameleon gains body parts from different animals throughout the story."
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