Leon the chameleon has a problem. When the other little chameleons turn green, yellow or blue -- he turns red, purple or orange! Leon doesn't turn the opposite color on purpose. He just can't help it. Being different makes Leon feel lonely. One day, the little chameleons go exploring and lose their way. As the parents anxiously search for their little ones, they suddenly spot a speck of color far off in the distance. It's Leon! And thanks to his brilliant hue, the little chameleons are rescued. This time, being different makes Leon feel proud! Leon the Chameleon is a charming story that also explores the basic elements of color. At the end of the book, a color wheel displays primary colors and their complementary hues.
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Mélanie Watt has often had bad dreams about Jaws, Dracula, and forgetting her homework and showing up to school dressed in her pajamas. She has written and illustrated Augustine, Chester, Chester's Back, Scaredy's many adventures and more. Mélanie is also afraid of vampire bats. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.From Booklist:
Ages 2-5. Other chameleons change color, blending into their environments, but Leon is a standout--literally: on a green leaf, he turns red; on yellow sand, he turns purple. He's embarrassed, lonely, and, lacking camouflage, sometimes frightened. He just wants to fit in. When Leon and some fellow chameleons become lost on an outing, however, he discovers being different can have unexpected advantages. Watt uses simple prose and basic vocabulary (aside from chameleon) to convey a familiar, supportive message, which is buttressed by artwork in vibrant, eye-popping primary and complementary colors, shaded for depth. Spare line drawings of chameleons and an expansive landscape minimize details, further emphasizing colors and contrasts. An endnote, accompanied by a color wheel, briefly explains primary and complementary colors. Consequently, this is not only a comforting tale about being special but also a visually effective choice for children just learning colors. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Book Description Kids Can Press, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Melanie Watt (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M155074867X