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Chameleon's Colors

Chameleon's Colors

Chisato Tashiro
Board book
For ages 3 to 5
NorthSouth, 2010   ISBN: 978-0735823174

Chameleon is always changing the color of his skin. If he sits on a leaf, he turns green, and if he stands on a yellow flower he turns yellow. Often Chameleon is so well camouflaged that his friends walk right by him.

  One day Chameleon is talking to hippo and he tells his friend that he is “sick of changing colors all the time.” Chameleon wishes that he could just stay the same for a while. Hippo is sick of always being gray and thinks that it “would be fun to change colors.” Chameleon never imagined that being able to change colors might be a good thing and he gets a wonderful idea. He collects some pink blossoms, gets pink juice out of them, and paints Hippo until the large animal is pink all over. Hippo is delighted, and seeing how well his plan worked, Chameleon gets another idea.

   All night long Chameleon collects what he needs to make lots of little pots of color. Then he invites his animal friends to come to him to be painted. Everyone is thrilled to be able to change their appearance, and Chameleon is very popular. None of them imagine that changing their appearance might not be such a good idea after all.

   With beautifully colorful illustrations, Chisato Tashiro tells a story that will resonate with all kinds of readers. The message, “be careful what you wish for” is conveyed with humor and sensitivity.