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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Many reptile families, such as frogs, snakes, lizards, and crocodiles, lived around the beautiful lake at the edge of the Happy Forest. All the baby reptiles had gathered, and they were eager to learn and make new friends on their first day at Kindergarten. Miss Turtle, their teacher, introduced herself and asked the children to introduce themselves. Lizzy the lizard, Iggy the iguana, and the others introduced themselves, and at that time Cammy the chameleon was slowly changing her skin color. She had turned gray and was barely visible against the dirt that surrounded the lake by the time Crocky the crocodile had finished her introduction. Miss Turtle decided to take them to the pond not far from the lake. She noticed Cammy was still by the lake, gazing into the distance. Cammy said all the noise and talking had made her tired and she was admiring the lake. Miss Turtle asked Cammy to join them and said she could sit on the side for a while if she wanted some peace and quiet. Though Cammy realized she was different from the other reptiles, she understood it was not a bad thing.
Cammy the Chameleon: Happy Forest Book 1 by Lia Manea is a beautiful story about friendship, being different, and kindness. The story introduces young readers to different kinds of reptiles in a delightful way, and the colorful illustrations add life and movement to the story and the characters. It is also a fun story to teach children more about the characteristics of a chameleon in an interesting way. It is a good book for tutors and parents to use for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and homes to teach children about reptiles and their characteristics. The story also celebrates diversity and will help children accept their differences and acknowledge them positively. Books like this are good for children as a combination of science and uplifing messages blended together which makes it perfect for the bookshelf at home or school.