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Chamelia Hardcover – May 3, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316086126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316086127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ethan Long is the author of the Tickle the Duck! books, and has illustrated a number of other children's books. He based the character of Chamelia on his wife; she likes to dress-up too. Ethan lives with his wife, three children, and many pets in Orlando. His website is www.ethanlong.com.

More About the Author

I love writing books. I love creating characters, crafting plot, and working with great editors and art directors. I love visiting schools and meeting students and teachers. I love when you read and enjoy my books. And of course, I love when you buy them. I hate garlic ice cream, but I love pizza and sushi. I live in Orlando, Florida, USA with my family, and I love them, too. Visit me at http://www.ethanlong.com

Customer Reviews

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Then we read a bit further to the part about how her outfits weren't quite right.
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It is for a granddaughter who just loves it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a school counselor, I'm always on the lookout for "Be Yourself" books. This one had a little bit of a twist on it. I have a feeling it's going to get mixed reviews from some folks. Here's my thoughts.......

First off, I love the reference to chameleons and how they try and blend in with everything. Those darn conformists! But here we have Chamelia who will do nothing of the sort. She is her own person and no apologies about it. She is pretty extreme to the point where she stands out maybe more than she really wants to. She has a very unique sense of style (like wearing high heels during soccer). Her standing out eventually leaves her feeling left out. Some people are going to get freaked out by this message because there will be an uproar that she should just be herself end of story ....happily ever after. Well, the real world doesn't always work that way. Kids have a desire to feel included and fit in. Chamelia wonders if there's a way to join in without giving up who she is. She ends up toning it down while still figuring out how to let parts of herself shine and feeling like she belongs.

So how will I translate this message to the kids? I want kids to know they can still find ways to be different and fit in at the same time. I know there are children in my school who feel like Chamelia. And guess what - they have a lot of gifts kids are missing out on because they end up isolating themselves. It's also important I challenge the other kids on how to support the Chamelia's of the world. Be smart in how you translate the message of Chamelia.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to my daughter as a gift. When I started reading it to her I thought, "this is great! A book about how being yourself and standing out is ok!"

Then we read a bit further to the part about how her outfits weren't quite right. And "wait" I thought "Is this an illustration of other kids pointing and laughing at the girl who stands out? Hmm. How will this be addressed?"

Well, lo! to my surprise, it was not. Chamelia's parents convince her to essentially stand out less and join in. Clearly Chamelia's wants to join in. But she isn't conforming to the other chamelian's expectations so she is laughed at and shunned and convinced by her parents that people will only like her if she only stands out a little bit.

Lame message. IMO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quincy R. on February 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book because I thought the art was cute. And it is. The hardcover and endpaper design is stunning, too. Ethan Long's cartoon, Tasty Time with ZeFronk is even a favorite in my household.

But I just can't get over the message of this book. Rather than consoling Chamelia when she's upset for feeling excluded, her parents encourage her to stop trying to stand out and join in. This is not the message I want to teach my child. In fact, this book won't even make it to my child's hands. It's going straight back to be exchanged for a book with a more positive moral.

So if you like aesthetically appealing kid's books, buy Chamelia, but if you have issues with encouraging your impressionable child to conform then pass on this one.
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