Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
Rating: 4 stars
Another chameleon book today... And, like the other chameleons, this one is having an identity crisis with some pretty silly results. This chameleon's life simply involves changing colors and eating bugs.
"That was his life. It was not very exciting."
But one day, this chameleon happened upon a zoo and added some excitement into his life. He wished to change not just his color but also his shape... And his wish is granted! After he wishes for several attributes of other animals, he looks pretty funny indeed: he has deer antlers, a fox tail, fish fins, and flamingo feet. Lorelei and Ben howl at how crazy he looks!
And then, when he's totally mixed-up, he gets hungry. Uh-oh. And he realizes that he no longer has the ability to catch flies. How's a guy to eat?? So he wishes himself back to normal again, catches a fly, and is happy to be just...himself.
Makes me think...what is that line in the Sheryl Crow song? "It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got..."