Posted by: patriciamar | March 4, 2016

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Does this one surprise you?  I think it’s Eric Carle‘s best book.   Shocking!  Yes!  Just think what I’m saying about “The Very Hungry Caterpillar!”

I always felt so bad for the chameleon.  The poor thing didn’t know who he was.  How could he ever live a complete life without knowing this information?

An identity crisis–not all that uncommon really.  It’s something that happens to many, so why not start teaching children how to find themselves and figure out who they are?

Come to think of it, I have a somewhat loosely related story in “Case by Case Basis” called He Has Multiple Personalities.

Now let’s take a look at what can else we learn from that chameleon. Perseverance, hope, friendship, and I suppose the idea that sometimes life is a struggle, even for a strange old world lizard made of paper scraps on paper.

I’m just so glad he got it all figured out by the end.  I really am a sucker for happy endings.

Plus, when his body is combined with the bodies of all those other animals!?  Why that’s just silly!  And as a kid, silly is a sought after quality in a book.

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