- Series: The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon (Book 2)
- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Running Horse Press (August 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990897966
- ISBN-13: 978-0990897965
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,667,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days (Volume 2) Paperback – August 7, 2016
The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days by Ellen L. Buikema isabout how Charlie Chameleon and his friends are being bothered by theschool bully, Boris Bunny. Through the stories, readers get to see howCharlie helps Boris to change and become a friend. Charlie's adventureswith his pet fish, Frankie, and all his activities are fun-filled andevery story and character in the book teaches something to youngreaders. All the characters are relatable, tangible, and funny, and theactivities at the end of each chapter will help readers enjoy the book.
Whether it is Charlie's trip to the museum, or Charlie having cookies on a snowy day, or being sick, or the afternoon science class, childrenwill love the way Charlie handles things and his antics will put a smile on their faces. All the activities mentioned in the book can be triedout and kids will enjoy doing the experiment and also making cookies.The illustrations are cute and funny; they breathe life into the scenesand the characters, and make them vivid. It's an excellent book forinteractive sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and parents and grandparents can use it as a bedtime storybook to read out to theirkids and grandkids.
All the stories deal with situations that happen in our daily lives andCharlie shows readers how to deal with these events. The stories alsoshow parents the importance of using humor while communicating withtheir children.
About the Author
Ellen Buikema is a parent and former teacher. She received her M.Ed. specializing in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has extensive post-graduate studies in Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Ellen writes books for children and parents in an effort to make life easier for families. She lives in Arizona.
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What kid doesn't like going on a school trip and being with friends out of school? Placing the school trip in a museum, the author will certainly draw attention to biology and history, and using animals as characters helps the children relate and raises their interest in various animal species' origin and behaviour.
Baking cookies together with your friends, and chocolate ones on top of all? Another thing everyone loves to do. I enjoyed the little hints the author leaves for us to see the bully Boris has issues of his own, and the way she makes Charlie eager to treat Boris as a friend. Certainly encourages positive behaviour! When Charlie gets ill, every parent will recognize the phases, so the story lends itself to being read by the child alone or with a parent.
The science experiment chapter reminded me of the rare fun lessons in biology and chemistry we did, and how much experiments and team work really help children learn about life and each other.
The interactive activities after the chapters are interesting, simple and fun, and children will definitely enjoy them. I was looking forward to predicting them!
All the characters are likeable and the book sends a very positive message, allowing for mischief, skirmish and curiosity as natural part of growing up. It is a clean read which promotes friendship and learning, which will certainly make me recommend this story to educators and parents working with children from about 5 to 10 years old.
I liked the fact that they did science experiments with raisins, soda and cups. I thought it was funny that a bully was bullying the bunny bully and then the little fish that the chameleon had shook a can of soda and sprayed the bully that was bullying the bunny. I didn’t like the rabbit bully. I really liked her books because of the activities at the end of the chapters. It’s a really nice book and it is funny. I think everyone should get it.
Charlie doesn't leave home without his best friend Frankie the goldfish. Not even when he goes to school. As Charlie, Frankie, and his classmates explore the various museum exhibits, they find Boris the mean bunny scared and lost. But this not-so-tough bunny will never admit to being afraid. This story deals with real life school situations, offering a message of showing kindness in all situations. The Find Frankie In The Museum activity draws you even more into the story.
As the chapters continue, Charlie makes cookies with his friends, misses a day of school due to being sick, and does a fizzy fun science experiment with his class. There is a cookie recipe, a decoding game, and a science activity to tie up each of the other chapters as well.
Overall, this book encourages positive friendships through its adorable antics. Older readers might get bored with its simplicity, but for early elementary children this works.