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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Crystal The Chameleon is written by Rachelle Jones Smith and illustrated by Chrish Vindhy. Crystal is an energetic little chameleon that loves to have as much fun as she can possibly squeeze into a single day. She dances and swings, taps her toes, changes color, and anything else she can think of to have fun. Her colors change with her surroundings as well as her mood. She is bright and colorful when she’s happy and playful, but blue and drab when she’s upset or sad. Sumi sits on a branch near where Crystal likes to play. He doesn’t like it when she taps, twirls, dances, or plays. What is Crystal to do? Should she leave him alone to sulk on his branch? Or, should she try to get him involved in some good old-fashioned fun?
Crystal The Chameleon by Rachelle Jones Smith is a fun-loving tale that will keep kids hopping, dancing, and having fun. I love how silly and playful Crystal is. Her bright colors and her playful nature will show kids that happiness and smiling can be contagious. The way Crystal gets sulky Sumi to lighten up and have fun is absolutely adorable. The illustrations by Chrish Vindhy are beautiful storytellers of their own. The pictures brighten up the story with vibrant colors that will maintain a child’s focus as they read along. I recommend Crystal The Chameleon to anyone with children, especially those that like to move around a lot, play, sing, and dance. This story will definitely bring a smile to children’s faces that they will want to share!