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Leon the Chameleon
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Melanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Melanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

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PreS-Gr 3-Leon has a problem. While chameleons normally camouflage themselves to blend into their environments, he becomes the opposite color, known as the complementary or contrasting color on a color wheel. This creates a challenge for a youngster who wants to be accepted by his neighbors. One day, they decide to go exploring, and he secretly follows them out of the forest. When they become lost, it is Leon's unique color that leads to their rescue, teaching him an important lesson about individuality. Young children will enjoy the brightly hued cartoon illustrations and will understand the message about appreciating differences. A brief introduction to the color wheel is provided on the last page.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

... this is not only a comforting tale about being special but also a visually effective choice for children just learning colors.--Booklist
Watt debuts with a simple tale that is partly a celebration of physical differences and partly a lesson in color theory. Bright hues and simple shapes lend plenty of visual appeal to the illustrations, especially when the entire double-paged spread is one color (green, for instance) and Leon stands out like a sore thumb. These are the purest colors, too, strong and clear, a plus compared to what is often found in books on color.--Kirkus Reviews
Watt's use of primary colors and bold black outlines makes this a good choice for storytimes ...--Quill & Quire
Young children will enjoy the brightly hued cartoon illustrations and will understand the message about appreciating differences.--School Library Journal

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