The Mixed-up Chameleon

Paperback | February 9, 1988

byEric Carle

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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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Except for catching flies and changing colors occasionally, this chameleon doesn't find life very exciting. When a surprise visit to the zoo makes this wistful lizard realize it can change its shape and size as easily as its color, it ends up wanting to be like all the animals in the zoo at once--with hilarious results. Full-color illu...

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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.

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 11.31 × 8.25 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 1988Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064431622

ISBN - 13:9780064431620

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Carle Delight! Another of Carle's visual delights! This time an unknowing yet charming chameleon wants to possess the physical attributes and abilities of each and every zoo animal it comes across. Trying on different parts of each animal becomes somewhat of a complicated and confusing design when the chameleon realizes it is not all that bad to just be himself - especially when it comes to capturing today's dinner. The intrigue to this story is in the artwork and simple repetitive story lines. Your imagination will soar with each addition of animal parts added to the friendly creature. Great visuals in the margin are a tell-tale legend to what the little chameleon turns into next. Beautifully done and a fun imaginative read.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Artwork, Strong Message 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.
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Except for catching flies and changing colors occasionally, this chameleon doesn't find life very exciting. When a surprise visit to the zoo makes this wistful lizard realize it can change its shape and size as easily as its color, it ends up wanting to be like all the animals in the zoo at once--with hilarious results. Full-color illustrations.