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Volume V Number 19 . . . . May 21, 1999
Actually, they (chameleons) don't just look grumpy. They are grumpy. So if two chameleons bump into each other, things can get pretty lively. There's lots of puffing and hissing - and sometimes there's a real fight. And that's when chameleons do what they're most famous for - they change color.Candlewick Press has published some wonderful non-fiction about animals in its "Read and Wonder" series. This title, though not part of the "Read and Wonder" series, adds to this body of attractive, well-illustrated non-fiction for children at the primary level.
Martin Jenkins has written an engaging and witty description of chameleons from a first person perspective. An index allows children to look up such subjects as "Madagascar," "tongue," and "changing color." It is good to see an index in a book geared to younger children.
Sue Shields has illustrated this book with wonderfully vibrant and expressive chameleons. Her bold and detailed illustrations work well with the text to produce a fun and informative book about an interesting subject.
Lesley Beckett Balcom is a public services librarian at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
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