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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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Rating:*****
Tags:Easy, k-3, 1-5, fiction

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The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

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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 |
The Mixed-Up Chameleon is a book about realizing that happiness is not found by trying to be something we are not. I liked this book for three reasons. First, the illustrations are closely tied to the text and focus on the changes the chameleon goes through by eliminating the background when he is making his wishes to be like other animals. I also like how the illustrations are used to imply that the chameleon’s wishes are coming true, instead of writing it in the text. This happens after its first change, when the chameleon wishes and becomes big and white like a polar bear, until it wishes it can be like people. Finally, I like how the point of view changes from third-person, when describing the chameleon and what is happening to it, to first person, when the chameleon wishes for change. The chameleon’s point of view is shown with italicized writing. This is easily viewed on the last page when the chameleon wishes to become itself again (italicized), and then is described as getting its wish and catching a fly (normal font). ( )
  jmille113 | Feb 5, 2015 |
Eric Carle's "The Mixed-Up Chameleon" tells the story of a little chameleon who hates the fact that he changes color to match his surroundings. He notices a zoo and all the wonderful and distinctive animals there. He begins to wish for (and receives) various elements from the animals ("I wish I was tall, like a giraffe" is one). The chameleon ends up as an assemblage of parts which look great on the original animals, but don't do very well all together. The rub comes when the hungry chameleon cannot reach the fly to eat it. He wishes to be himself again and regains his true form.
Kids will love this book, not only for the beautiful artwork, but also because as each page is turned, the new animal whose feature the chameleon takes is shown, so at the end, all the animals are shown at the edge of the page. I like the message that being yourself is always the best, and that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. The illustrations are vivid as usual in Eric Carle's books and provide kids with non-fiction text features. ( )
  eoertl1 | Dec 3, 2014 |
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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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