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Every animal has a color of its own. "Parrots are green, elephants are gray, pigs are pink." But chameleons change color wherever they go. "On lemons they are yellow. In the heather they are purple." One chameleon is not pleased with his changeable appearance. He thinks, "If I remain on a leaf, I shall be green forever, and so I too will have a color of my own." Of course, what he doesn't take into account is the changes wrought by autumn, and soon the green chameleon is yellow, then red, and then tumbled to the ground for the long black winter night. It isn't until he befriends another older, wiser chameleon that our hero begins to find inner peace, even as his outer surface is transformed again and again.
Leo Lionni, children's book creator extraordinaire, author of such beloved picture books as Frederick, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Swimmy, and Inch by Inch, all Caldecott Honor winners, introduces color concepts in an exquisite and touching story. This small board book edition of the classic tale of self-acceptance and friendship will be a favorite for toddlers and parents alike. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Board book edition.
"Lionni's signature watercolors span the rainbow in this story of a chameleon who, while searching for his identity, finds a friend with whom he can share his changeable nature." —Publishers Weekly
"As captivating now as it was when first published in 1975." —Children's Literature
I LOVE Leo Lionni and he doesn't disappoint with this book. I love reading this to my nephews and they love the chameleon and all his beautiful colors. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Graciexpie
We purchased to add to our kindle library. My kindergarten boys love to read again and again.Published 1 month ago by Annie Oak
Good for a unit on colors. Also good for a discussion on differences in race (and does it matter what color someone is)Published 1 month ago by Mary Ryan
Classic book that's the perfect size for reading to baby. Just like the original large print, but in board book form, giving it more durability for when baby is older and can hold... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Practical Mama
Great book for learning colors! My daughter absolutely loves this story. We love that we learn about making friends and being happy with who you are.Published 2 months ago by jenny
This is such a charming children's book. The colorful art used for the illustrations is beautiful. Children really respond to the bright colors on the pictures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by crystal1852