How Do Chameleons Change Color?
by Melissa Stewart
Tell Me Why, Tell Me How
Benchmark Books /
Marshall Cavendish, 2008
for Grades 3-5
ISBN 978-0-76142-922-7
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Chameleons are one of the most interesting animals in the world. Through a series of chapters that provide children with necessary background information, this book gradually and satisfyingly explains how these little lizards use their ability to change color to communicate and adapt to the weather.
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"I didn’t know much about chameleons before I started working on this book. Boy, did I learn a lot along the way. Some lizards change their color to blend in with their surroundings, but chameleons use the trick in many different ways. When they are cold, they get darker. When they are hot, the get lighter. This helps them stay just the right temperature. When a chameleon is angry, scared, or excited, it lets its friends know by turning its colors up or down. That’s incredible."
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