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Blue Chameleon Hardcover – March 8, 2011
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"As always, Gravett's art charms; colored pencil lines on rough paper give the pages warmth, and the chameleon's "disguises" repay attention as readers spot similarities to and differences from the things the chameleon mimics."--Publishers Weekly
"This elaboration of the simplest of concepts suggests multiple uses, from exploring the moods in the spare, expressive art to recapturing the events, and the minimal dialogue, in dramatic play."--The Horn Book
"Both chameleons and friendship populate children's picture books liberally, but this one's well worth adding to the shelf."--Kirkus Reviews
"A clever concept book with emotional punch and magnificent art is a rare treat. In Gravett’s latest triumph, readers meet a despondent chameleon...While the simple text is appropriate for toddlers, the book is clever enough for older children to enjoy. Gravett’s design and art are exceptional."--School Library Journal
About the Author
Emily Gravett is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including the Kate Greenaway Award–winning Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. She is also the author and illustrator of Bear & Hare Go Fishing, Bear & Hare—Snow!, Again! (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award), Wolf Won’t Bite!, Blue Chameleon, The Rabbit Problem, Dogs, Spells, The Odd Egg, Monkey and Me, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Meerkat Mail, and Old Hat. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.
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As I read this book, it really opens up great conversations. The children like to point out the similarities and difference between the Chameleon. We also talk about feelings. Like how the Chameleon feels and how sometime imitating others is not all that appropriate.
We generally read this book page by page talking about so many things including appropriate and not appropriate. For example a boot is a silly friend but a gold fish might be something to consider since they are both animals.
Overall cute book. Very simple with one image per page. The kids love the silliness and I love the conversations and lessons.
Throughout the book there is subtle, witty interplay between the words and illustrations making this a perfect book to use as the introduction of colours and shapes (and chameleons) to kids. Each two page spread features two words: a colour or pattern on the left and a noun on the right hand page. The illustrations are coloured pencil and watercolours. The colour white page is exceptional as it includes a nearly invisible chameleon embossed on the paper. You may think the page is empty but if you run your fingers over the page you will find him hiding there. The book is perfect for toddlers as the text is simple and the pictures are large. There is excellent use of colour, expression and symmetry. The take away is: be true to yourself, be who you were created to be and your friends will seek you out.
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