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Crafty Chameleon

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Tormented every morning by leopard and bullied by crocodile, the clever little chameleon decides to play a trick on them. He manages to get the better of his two oppressors without them even knowing how he did it! This is the story of why Crafty Chameleon changes colour and hides when he hears you coming.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Hachette Children's (first published 1987)
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Kraig Barth
This book does a great job emphasizing a spin off of a David and Goliath story. The chameleon, who is small in size, uses his brain power and whits to outsmart a leopard and crocodile who were terrorizing him. This book is a great resource when discussing problem solving. This chameleon demonstrates a very smart solution to a problem that is affecting him personally. This book can be used in a science class to discuss animals that can be found in Africa and the survival qualities they poses in o ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an amusing story about the chamelon, using his brain and his wits to outwit the animals that are picking on him. The illustrations are wonderful and, because i am a herpetophile, I loved the illustrations of both the crocodile and the chameleon the most. Lovely book.
Sarah DeWalt
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This story was creative and imaginative but the story line was a little strange. The story is about the chameleon that is always being picked on by a leopard and a crocodile. The chameleon gets so fed up with the leopard and crocodile picking on him he says angrily "if you don't stop picking on me I'll tie you up like a dog!" the two laugh and don't take his threat seriously. Since they don't stop picking on him the chameleon ties them up and tells them he'll pull on the as hard as he can and i ...more
Tori Serrano
The Craft Chameleon is about a chameleon who like to swing from tree to tree. Everyday this poor chameleon gets swatted by leopard off the tree and on to the ground. At night the chameleon goes to the river to get a drink of water and the alligator comes out from under the water and scares the small animals away. One day the chameleon threatens the leopard and alligator that he is going to tie them up like dogs, but they did not take them seriously. So the chameleon did what he said he was going ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Crafty Chameleon is a lovely children's book written by Mwenye Hadithi and illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway.It tells the story of the chameleon who just wants to rest on the high branches and catch flies all day,but the poor Chameleon is being constantly bullied by Leopard and Crocodile, who scare and moch him on daily basis. One day Chameleon decides to play a trick on them. He manages to get the teh better of his two opressors without them even knowing how he did it.The story is a good proof t ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Maybe it's because I took a storytelling class and we had to take a picturebook and pretty much memorize it - only add our own flair to it - and I practiced for hours to my very patient then very young youngest son (who would correct me with great seriousness and sense of duty whenever I messed up a line). By the end we had both memorized this story and it is a good one and well delivered by the author. And not so bad by me either - I recall I earned an A for my effort. Oh, sorry young James. Ou ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A simple and nicely illustrated story about being clever and using your enemies' strength against them. ...more
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jungle animals - crocodile, leopard, chameleon; trickster tales; manners; wisdom
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Mwenye Hadithi, meaning "he who has the stories," is a name used by Bruce Hobson, who was inspired by Adrienne Kennaway's vibrant use of color to write stories for children. Mr. Hobson grew up on ten acres of bush garden with porcupines and gazelles; crocodiles in the rose bed; and a hippopotamus that once got stuck between the courtyard gates--all of which fostered his great love of animals and b ...more

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