Creating Positive Self-Image with "Chameleon's Crazy Colors" by Nicola Grant & Michael Terry: Picture Book Review & Giveaway
Melinda T. Falgoust
It’s hard enough being a reptile, but when your colors on the fritz, it’s downright scary! Chameleon has a problem. He turns purple when he wants to be green and red when he wants to be orange, but the one color he seems to be through and through is YELLOW!
Lion is coming, and if poor, little Chameleon can’t get his colors straight, Lion will see him and gobble him right up. Friends Monkey and Meercat are all too willing to help, but nothing they try seems to work. Chameleon simply can’t turn green.
Author Nicola Grant (DON’T BE SO NOSY, POSY!, 2005) , working with talented illustrator Michael Terry (THE SELFISH CROCODILE, 2010), brings a sweet tale about a little reptile who feels like he does every wrong to life with gorgeously vibrant colors and adorable illustrations. Little readers will love the antics of Monkey and Meercat as they try to help their friend blend in. But, the sweetest part of this story is Chameleon’s clever realization that sometimes you don’t NEED to “blend in” to be wonderfully special, especially when it’s his DIFFERENCE (and some clever chameleon conniving) that save the day for one and all.
Chameleon’s Crazy Colors celebrates differences instead of chastising them, but offers the lesson so subtly, children will hardly notice that a lesson has been shared. It reminds us all that a rainbow, or chameleon, without ALL its colors just isn’t as wonderful. A surefire hit for a storytime share!
In our own colorful celebration, take a chance below at winning your own hardback copy of “Chameleon’s Crazy Colors” along with a children’s art set so your little artist can fill his or her world will some of their own crazy colors! Happy reading!