The Mixed Up Chameleon
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The Mixed up Chameleon is a captivating image book of Eric Carle, author-illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, that educates young kids on the critical variations among animal’s value of being yourself. A chameleon’s antics with color, shape, and size show what makes each animal different and why it’s necessary to be yourself.Eric Carle is an award-winning and bestselling author-illustrator of books for very young kids. His books hold the much-loved famous The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Rooster’s Off to See the World, Today is Monday, Draw Me a Star, The Very Busy Spider and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird. His most influential book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has marketed over 33 million global models and has been transcribed into over 50 various languages.

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

On a shiny green leaf sat a small green chameleon.It moved onto a brown tree and turned brownish. Then it rested on a red flower and turned reddish. When the chameleon moved slowly across the yellow sand, it turned yellowish.You could hardly see it.

The Mixed Up Chameleon

When it was warm and had something to eat, it turned sparkling green.

But When it was cold and hungry, it turned gray and dull.

When the chameleon was hungry,

it sat still and waited.

Only its eyes moved-up,down,sideways-

until it spotted a fly.

Then the chameleon’s long and sticky tongue

shot out and caught the fly.

That was its life.

its was not very exciting.

But one day…….

 But one day, the chameleon saw a zoo. It had never seen so many beautiful animals.

The chameleon thought,”How small I am. How slow. How weak. I wish I could be big and white, like a polar bear.” And the chameleon’s wish came true. But was it happy? No.

“I wish I could be handsome like a flamingo.”

“I wish I could be smart like a fox.”

“I wish I could swim like a fish.”

“I wish I could run like a deer.”

“I wish I could see things far away like a giraffe.”

“I wish I could hide in a shell like a turtle.”

“I wish I could be strong like an elephant.”

“I wish I could be funny like a seal.”

“I wish I could be like people.”

Just then, a fly flew by. The chameleon was very hungry, but the chameleon was very mixed up. It was a little of this and it was a little of that and it couldn’t catch the fly.

 “I wish I could be myself.” The chameleon’s wish came true and it caught the fly.

“The Mixed Up Chameleon” Book Read Aloud Youtube Video


So what conversation will you have with your child after reading this book?

Some questions you might like to ask are:

When the chameleon moved slowly across the yellow sand its turns what?

it turned yellowish

When it was cold and hungry it turns into what?

 it turned gray and dull.

When the chameleon saw a zoo he thought what?

 The chameleon thought, “How small I am. How slow. How weak.

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