Welcome to Chameleon Not just for Kids Books.
Books that are more than just a story - a reading, learning and creative adventure.
Illustrated in different, colourful styles to delight both young and old.
Start collecting the 3 in 1 series. Ideal for playgroups and early school grades.
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FOOTPRINTS in the FYNBOS
It was a challenge to create a story for young children about an animal that naturally hunts smaller animals. So when Leeto, a young lonely leopard living in the Cape Mountains of South Africa, awoke he goes hunting... for a friend! He meets many fynbos characters along the way. Learning valuable life lessons on the journey, Leeto finally finds his longed for mate, Lara leopard. The story is used to illustrate important environmental education concepts, like, the importance of fire in the fynbos biome, the danger of illegal wire snares and the relationships between an apex predator and prey species, etc. The story ends with a fun filled board game, Leeto goes hunting for a friend game - suitable for the whole family.
Facts about LEOPARDS in the Cape Fynbos
A twelve page Fact section with interesting facts and photographs provided by the Cape Leopard Trust to educate children about the mysterious and secretive leopards of the Cape. It explains the importance of conserving this vulnerable predator, and encourages youngsters to take an interest and pride in the natural environment.
Fun Activities to make and do
Sixteen pages of fun leopard and fynbos activities with something for everyone, young and old, such as sketching, games, puzzles and crafts.


Also available in Afrikaans
VOETSPORE in die FYNBOS and with donor support in isiXhosa soon!
These two books were created in conjunction with Cape Leopard Trust environmental education programme, known for wilderness camps, eco-clubs, holiday programmes, talks and presentations and also online learning. The books act as a workbook for this programme. The books are aligned with the school curriculum and aim at expanding on concepts, knowledge and skills of the learners. This project was to create awareness with young people, encouraging them to fall in love with nature, let them understand processes and how nature works so that they can care for nature.

The books are typeset in a dyslexic friendly font with weighted characters that anchor the words to aid reading.


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MOO and ME
Moo and Me is a non-fiction children's story and activity book telling the story of a rescued dairy bull's extraordinary life, and the unique bond and connection formed between human and animal. Marina Evans living in the Western Cape in South Africa, is the moo mom who, through their adventures together and while caring for MooMoo, represented a mother figure in the life of this animal; a special soul. This true story is told from Marina's perspective and emphasises the real-life experiences showing sentience, the ability of animals to think and feel… and mostly their need to form strong friendships.
The story ends with a fun filled board game, Moo and Marina’s friendship game- suitable for the whole family.
Facts about FARM ANIMALS and farming
An eight page Fact section with descriptive photographs on how to care for animals, feeding, awareness of their sentience and ability to think and feel. This section is very topical at the moment as it also deals with the effects of farming on global warming and how we can all make a difference growing and eating more vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruit.
Fun Activities to make and do
Eighteen pages including growing one's own food, baking, easy recipes, colouring-in, baby farm animals word search, arts, crafts and loads more.


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MOO MOOVES colouring-in book
Written by Sunnye Collins, this true story is told from the perspective of MooMoo the bull calf, that was rescued by Marina Evans. It covers real life experiences showing sentience, (the ability of animals to think and feel).. and mostly their need to form deep bonds. Children and parents engage with the story of Moo and his feelings while colouring the pencil illustrations inspired by original photos. It is a heart-warming, uplifting true story of creating a kinder world and kindling connection within, through the process of recognising the values of life that animals teach us.


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The Adventures of MAIRI MOLE
A delightful, rhyming story about Mairi the Mole who digs her burrows under Anne's lovely lawn and visits her veggie patch. While playing above ground she has a close encounter with Steven the cat but escapes to the neighbouring farm field. Here she is luckily found by Monty Mole who takes her home to live with his family. One day while playing in the corn they have another lucky escape from Steven the Cat and Monty Mole once again comes to her rescue. Mairi Mole marries her saviour Monty in a lovely wedding with all her friends from the garden invited and she finds her happy ever after.
The story ends with a fun filled board game, Mairi's Lucky Escape reliving Mairi's adventures - suitable for the whole family.

Facts about GARDENING and garden wildlife
A ten page Fact section about gardens and garden wildlife. Why we need gardens and the importance of their wildlife for pollination and compost creation. Also included are the indigenous garden zones around the world and the effect of seasons with detailed photographs and interesting facts.
Fun Activities to make and do
Eighteen pages of things to make and do. Creating gardens, baking, colouring-in, making flowers and garden critters and loads more.


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MYSTERY of the MISSING SPOTS
A colourful, illustrated story about a leopard cub that has been born in a game reserve in South Africa. Everyone is very happy - BUT - the little leopard has lost her spots. Who could have stolen her spots? David and Anna try to solve the Mystery of the Missing Spots with the help of their friend Tok Tok. As they follow the clues given to them by the animals in the game reserve, they learn about animal behaviour and conservation. The story ends with a fun filled board game, Finding the Spots, reliving the children's exciting game drive - suitable for the whole family.

Facts about GAME RESERVES and wildlife
A ten page fact section about Game Reserves - why we and especially the animals need them. Learn about some of the wild life the children saw while they were trying to solve the mystery.
Fun Activities to make and do
Eighteen pages of wild life inspired things to make and do. Including how to make a journal or record of wild life sightings, animal searches, mazes, colouring-in and a game ranger game.


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Rescuing Rhino
A delightful, illustrated story about an orphaned baby rhino that is rescued during the filling of Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe. The little rhino is taken home by the Vet, who was part of Operation Noah and raised by his wife. He loves to play with the children and the many animals but he also loves to eat. Discover the fun of living with a young playful Rhino as he grows and grows. Then the time comes for him to be a wild rhino and find a new home back in the wild African bush. The story ends with a fun filled board game, Rescue Rhino, reliving what happens to baby Rhino after he is rescued - suitable for the whole family.

Facts about Saving Wild Animals
Learn all about the world of wild animals and how we need to protect them. From caring for orphaned baby animals, rehabilitating them and finally releasing them back into the wild to the terrible plight of the worlds Rhino.
Fun Activities to make and do
Eighteen pages of fun things, all Rhino related, to make and do. A chance for kids and parents / teachers to get creative together and help make a difference in rhino awareness.


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The Adventures Of Boo
A colourful, illustrated story about a little boy, who accidently loses his pet fish, Boo, while attempting to change the water in his bowl. The boy is heartbroken as his fish dissapears down the toilet. Boo, however, after a scary journey reaches the sea. He had been very lonely swimming in his bowl but as he explores the ocean he meets many amazing creatures makes lots of new friends. Soon he finds himself having another really scary adventure but his new friends come to his rescue and all is well. The story ends with as fun filled board game, Boo's Great Adventure, reliving what happens to Boo - suitable for the whole family.

Facts about Fish and how to care for them
Learn all about fish and how to look after them and other creatures in aquariums and the sea, with detailed photographs and interesting facts.

Fun Activities to make and do
Sixteen pages of fun fishy things to make and do. Cutting sticking, baking and loads more for kids and parents or teachers to do together.


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Tad’s Tale - The mystery of Tadpole’s Disappearing Tail
A colourful, illustrated story about a sad tadpole, who is unhappy with the way he looks and he doesn't know what kind of creature he is. As he grows, his friends in and around the pond, try to cheer him up but without success. His tail starts disappearing and panic sets in as he doesn't know what's happening. However his friend, the goldfish, thinks she has the answer. A very HAPPY tadpole then discovers the world is a wonderful place. The story ends with a fun filled board game, Magical Metamorphosis, reliving what happens to a tadpole as he grows up - suitable for the whole family.

Facts about Ponds and Wetlands
Discover the cool, watery, muddy, boggy wonderland of Ponds and Wetlands with detailed photographs and interesting facts.

Fun Activities to make and do
Eighteen pages of great activities. Cutting, sticking, baking and loads more froggy fun for kids and parents or teachers to do together.


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The Dwarf, The Dragon and the Grumpy Giant
A colourful, illustrated children’s story about an old dwarf and his dragon,
who set out on a journey to see the Fairy Queen. On their journey they
encounter a bad tempered giant. However with some unexpected help,
they triumph over their problems and return home to Dragon Mountain
safely.

Facts about Dragons and other reptiles
Children can discover the amazing world of dragons, lizards and
chameleons with colourful, detailed photographs and interesting facts.

Fun Activities to make and do
Twelve pages of cutting, sticking, baking and loads more for kids and
parents or teachers to do together. This kids book ends with a fun filled
board game, reliving the Dwarf and Dragon’s journey - suitable for the
whole family.




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The Adventures of Boo and how to care for your fish too!
This children's book is about a pet fish who accidentally ends up in the ocean, where he embarks on an exciting sea adventure, meeting many new fish friends along the way!

Written in rhyme, this kid's story is ideal for young children learning to read or
as a bedtime story. This book also includes a kid friendly introduction into caring
for fish.

Other books illustrated by Judy Mare:

 
My First Book of Southern African Ocean Life
Published by Struik Nature

Young children will enjoy discovering the 58 fascinating ocean creatures in My First Book of Southern African Ocean Life, which range in size from the earth's largest animal - the blue whale - to the tiniest plankton.

This newest title in the popular My first book series offers:

  • Vibrantly colourful, detailed, accurate illustrations of each creature
  • Short, accessible texts with information that will satisfy the curiosity of both those who are learning to read and of young listeners
  • Simple pictograms that show at a glance where each species can be found, what it eats and its relative size

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My First Book of Southern African Seashore Life
Published by Struik Nature

My First Book of Southern African Seashore Life is one of the latest titles in this successful children's series. The book presents 58 sea creatures and plants that are likely to be seen at the shore.

An illustrated introduction gives context to the subject, and then for each species there's:

  • A vivid, full-colour illustration
  • Simple, informative text
  • Visual clues about the creatures' diet, size, distribution round our coast, locomotion and exactly where they live relative to the water line.

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