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Who Am I?

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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
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
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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
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. :)
Great pictures and clever story. Anthony was so pleased to have figured it out. He beat me to it!
:D Great for 3/4's - Gingerbread man/Monkey Puzzle
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
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.
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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.
Looks a bit long for preschool at first glance, but it moves quickly. Good book about differentiation, color and identity.
This book held my kids attention, even though they guessed what the creature was early on in the piece.
A baby chameleon hatches out of an egg and goes in search for the answer: "Who am I?"
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.
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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