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The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

The Mixed-Up Chameleon (edition 1988)

by Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)

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Title:The Mixed-Up Chameleon
Authors:Eric Carle
Other authors:Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1988), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 40 pages
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Tags:Picture book, being yourself, animals, self-acceptance, colors, fiction

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The Mixed Up Chameleon Modern Fantasy
By Eric Carle

“The Mixed Up Chameleon” is a fabulous Eric Carle classic that not only is fun to read, but can also be used multiple ways to teach lessons on various skills. I love how Carle incorporates colors, shapes, animals, and the message of individuality to children. Each animal is depicted as a different color. For example, the fish is orange and the flamingo is pink. On the left side of each page are all the animals that the chameleon wishes to become so that the reader can refer back to the list of animals. There are a variety of animals that the chameleon wishes to become such as a seal and an elephant. In the pictures the chameleon then has seal flippers and an elephant head. When I read this to a group of kindergarten students they thought the chameleon wish various animal parts was hilarious and were eager to turn the page to see what animal he wished he was next. In the end the chameleon wants to catch a fly but cannot without his normal chameleon tongue. He wishes that he were back to his normal self and he turns back. The chameleon then realizes that he is happy being himself and does not wish to be any other animal. Children can learn that it is best to be themselves and they should not wish to be like others. Being unique is a great thing that children need to learn and can learn about through this picture book. ( )
  LBurro2 | Oct 20, 2015 |
Eric Carle is one of my favorite authors and illustrators for children. His stories are funny and simple. I like how his books are always colorful and the pages have interesting cuts and fold unusually to make the story more interesting.
  LBraaten | Jun 7, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a chameleon who changes colors depending on its mood. When it goes to the zoo and sees all the other animals, he decides he wants to be like all of them. After wishing to be each animal, the chameleon ends up turning himself into a combination of them all. In the end when he sees a fly and realizes he is hungry and needs his tongue to catch the fly, he wishes to be himself again. Good for very young readers. ( )
  Hhaddad1 | Apr 30, 2015 |
This book is about a chameleon that doesn’t realize that he can change. Then one day he goes to the zoo and wants to be just like all the other animals. He then realizes that he can change, and he looks like all of them at once. This is a good book to read because it shows that you never know something until you try. ( )
  ccampeaux | Apr 22, 2015 |
The chameleon in Eric Carle's book goes through many changes because of observations he has made. Eric Carle truly illustrated the story with beautiful colors and wonderful images that are easy to be identified by kids. The colors are eye catching and is also on the list of great read alouds for kids. The Chameleon eventually must decide what will make him happy. He in the end must if being himself will be the best choice for him. ( )
  kxmart | Apr 17, 2015 |
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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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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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A bored chameleon wishes it could be more like all the other animals it sees, but soon decides it would rather just be itself. Cutouts along the edges of the pages display various animals and colors.

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