The Chameleon Variant

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9780803717480: The Chameleon Variant

This funny Choctaw tale tells of the time when the Great Sun Father wanted to find a way to warn his people of coming storms. He gave the job to Heloha and Melatha, who were not the smartest of birds. Their ideas led to one silly mishap after another--until they created thunder and lightning completely by accident. Full-color collage illustrations.

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About the Author:

Beatrice O. Harrell, whose great-great-grandfather was the model for Minko Ushi, lives in Glenpool, Oklahoma.

Susan L. Roth is the author and illustrator of many beautiful books for children. To create the collages for her books, Ms. Roth uses papers from sixteen baskets in her studio, which are lined up by color.

 

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Kindergarten-Grade 4?Harrell retells a lesser-known Choctaw legend about two birds who are asked by the Great Sun Father to figure out how to warn the people to take shelter from the upcoming wind and rain. Heloha, who is large and slow moving, and her mate Melatha, who is small, fast, and clumsy, are both just plain silly. As they try to resolve their problem, Heloha persists in laying her large eggs on the clouds, and they roll away, rumbling as they go. Melatha streaks across the sky in an effort to retrieve them. Great Sun Father decides that their noise-and-light show is as good a signal for rain as any, although the birds, unaware of this, continue to try to find a solution. Harrell's humorous narrative rambles at times, especially when describing Melatha's first attempts at warning the people, but overall the tale is well told and reads aloud well. Roth's collages are ideal, combining papers of different textures and using defined, cut shapes against melded torn-paper backgrounds. The endearing, brilliantly colored birds appear on a textured, creamy background, suggesting the clouds that are their new home. An appropriate addition to any collection.?Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
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