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Chamelia by Ethan Long

Ethan Long
2011 Little, Brown and Company
ISBN – 9780316086127
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
4 Stars


Chamelia is a chameleon who really loves to stand out. She is always doing something different than the rest of the crowd. Her clothes are brighter and she is always more dramatic.  Sometimes this tactic doesn’t work out for her. Sometimes her need to stand turns out badly, and when that happens Chamelia feels left out. Her parents teach her that you can still join in with everyone else and be yourself at the same time!

Chamelia is an adorable book. I like that the concept of being a chameleon and standing out are juxtaposed. I also like the way that all of the other chameleons and the background are just a little bit more dull in color than Chamelia herself. It is a big enough difference to notice, but not so much that you look past everything else. The illustrations of all of the characters are wonderfully expressive. I could tell every emotion, and every apprehension that was present. On top of all of that, there is a good lesson to be learned. We are all a little bit different, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be friends.

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