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Who Am I?

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One hot day in the middle of a jungle a strange little creature hatches out of an egg. "Who am I?" he asks himself. Off he plods through the tall grass to find out. He meets many animals, but all of them are different. Will he ever find out who he is and what makes him special?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Andersen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Yasmin Raja
Oct 06, 2013 Yasmin Raja rated it really liked it
A strange little creature hatches out of an egg and goes plodding through the tall, tall grass. This charming book by Gervase Phinn is an adventure story about a little chameleon, unaware of his identity and origin, on a journey of self discovery. It contains brilliant illustrations with repetition, different sized words and adjectives that add to the engaging nature of the book and make it a good choice for Key Stage one readers. The chameleon meets wild and larger animals on his journey who te ...more
Ophélie
Mar 16, 2016 Ophélie rated it liked it
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"Who Am I" tells the adventure of a little creature trying to find out who he is and where he comes from. He venture into the jungle in order to find someone who will be able to answer his questions. After meeting a giraffe, an elephant, a cheetah etc. he finally meet one of his kind.

I really enjoyed the illustrations, in particular how the chameleon and the other animals were always facing each other, the chameleon on one page and the other animal on the other, whereas when he finds his family
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Corrina
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I could talk about the chameleon’s existential crisis and lack of externally-imposed identity, and possibly the parental negligence that led to him being born alone and without any support system, but I’d rather talk about the lovely and simple illustrations. The chameleon meets all of the larger animals, who all know their own names and what is special about them, and changes colour every time to match the other animals. This gives a hint
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Alexandra
Aug 25, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Great for storytime. The illustrations are cute (I loved the perpetually different-direction eyes) and colorful, and the text juuuust skirts too long. It wouldn't be hard to trim the long exchanges with each animal. The last page leads nicely into a color or dance activity. :)
Melissa
Feb 05, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Great pictures and clever story. Anthony was so pleased to have figured it out. He beat me to it!
Reik
Dec 19, 2014 Reik rated it really liked it
:D Great for 3/4's - Gingerbread man/Monkey Puzzle
Nicole
May 22, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
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Cute new take on a chameleon story. The little baby chameleon hatches and wanders around to find it's mother. And of course along the way, encounters many different types of animals that he "matches" when he encounters them...
Josianne Fitzgerald
Beautiful illustrations. A bit predictable. I would have liked to see the chameleon being happy with whatever he was, and not necessarily because he found someone just like him.
Wendy Garland
May 15, 2012 Wendy Garland rated it liked it
A creature hatches and wonders who what he is. He wanders through the jungle looking for answers, all the while cluing in the reader as to his true identity.
Marge
Aug 08, 2012 Marge added it
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fun story about a chameleon - just a little scary when asking all the different animals in the jungle who he was and where he came from.
Kristin
Dec 08, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
Looks a bit long for preschool at first glance, but it moves quickly. Good book about differentiation, color and identity.
Dee-Ann
Apr 22, 2012 Dee-Ann rated it it was amazing
This book held my kids attention, even though they guessed what the creature was early on in the piece.
Mandy
Jan 20, 2013 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A baby chameleon hatches out of an egg and goes in search for the answer: "Who am I?"
Rachel
Feb 21, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
Like the journey of discovery and the color changes in the illustrations.
Scottsdale Public Library
A cute, colorful adventure about finding one's family. -Monty K.
Kim
Sep 15, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Very cute, loved the pictures.
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Gervase Phinn (born 27 December 1946, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England) is an English author and educator. After a career as a teacher he became a schools inspector and, latterly, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside. He has published five volumes of memoir, collections of poetry and a number of books about education. He has a particular interest in children's literatur ...more
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