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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Do You Know Chameleons? Written by Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quintin and Sampar, with illustrations by Sampar. Fitzhenry & Whtieside, 2013. $9.95 ages 8 and up

"The chameleon's tongue,
which resembles a long
tube, is very extendable.
it is longer that the
chameleon's head and
body combined."

The cartoon drawing that accompanies this page of text shows a bearded, bespectacled, white-haired doctor asking innocently: 'How long have you been suffering from this cramp', while the chameleon's tongue sticks straight out in front of him, across the width of the doctor's office. It made me laugh out loud! Further on is a graphic comic layout showing a giraffe munching on the leaves at the top of a nearby tree. Suddenly, his eyes open wide and he spits out two chameleons with the admonition that they 'stop hiding in my food!' They are contrite and offer to find another place to hide.

The text for that encounter reads:

"The spikes, horns and other protuberances that adorn a chameleon's body help it blend into the foliage." 

Too funny!

There is useful information here for young scientist wanting to know more about these strange and intriguing creatures. A glossary and index are helpful. The artwork is so much fun it will have readers returning again and again to see how Sampar adds depth and interest to the information shared. Totally engaging, this book is sure to have your children or students looking for more of the same. Luckily, you can offer the following:

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