The Mixed-Up Chameleon

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

The little chameleon changes colors over and over again. He feels his life is boring. One day he sees a zoo with all of its different animals. The chameleon decides he is not very special. He feels too small. He feels too weak. But , if he could be like a polar bear, then he'd be big and strong. So, he changes into the color of a polar bear. Then, he sees a flamingo and he wants to be just like that "handsome" flamingo. Over and over the chameleon changes to be something he's not.

32 pages                        978-0064431620                                   Ages 2-4

Keywords:  being yourself, self image, self esteem, 2 year old, 3 year old, 4 year old


Every animal seems to have its own color except the chameleon. This little chameleon decides he's going to try being like other things and other animals so he'll have their color. He's not satisfied with being himself. So, he tries sitting on a leaf, or sitting on a zebra or a tiger. He changes colors to match. But will he ever truly find himself?


From Eric Carle, the New York Times bestselling author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, comes a colorful and inventive book about a changing chameleon that wants to be a little bit of everything.

There once was a small green chameleon that wished to be handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and funny like a seal. But with each transformation in size, shape, and color, the chameleon learns that maybe being yourself is best of all!

The Mixed-Up Chameleon is sure to delight little readers with its interactive art, funny antics, and heartwarming message.

Other favorite classic books from Eric Carle include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, From Head to Toe, and many others.---from the publisher

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