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  • SubGenre:Travel
  • Age Range (years):6 - 8
  • Language:English
  • Pages:70
  • Paperback ISBN:9789966176059

The Chameleon Who Went to the North Pole...almost!

by Mary Epsom

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Mugia travels the world, hidden by her best friend, Paul, in a cardboard box. Of course, she is not supposed to, Paul's mother told him to leave the little Jackson's Chameleon behind – but he didn't… Mary Epsom's delightful book starts with Mugia's first trip to Europe in 1966 and follows the chameleon's real-life adventures as she and Paul travel thousands of kilometres across nine countries (including the Arctic Circle) until they finally return home to Nairobi. For children aged 6-12 and Illustrated by Samira Matthews, The Chameleon who went to the North Pole… almost! makes a lovely gift.

Mary Epsom has written her first book for children. "The Chameleon who went to the North Pole…almost!" is based on a true story about Mary's son Paul when he was a little boy in 1966. As a typical Kenyan boy, Paul always had a snake in his pocket or a chameleon on his shoulder, and Mary's delightful story for children, tells how, on the flight to Europe on leave with the family, Mary saw to her horror, at 32,000 feet above the Sahara Desert, a chameleon walking across the back of Paul's seat in front of her. There was no alternative but to bring the little chameleon, who Paul had named Mugia, along with them for the rest of the holiday. The book relates the stories of the family's 17,000 miles journey through Europe, visiting nine countries as far as the Arctic Circle, as seen through Mugia's eyes. The little chameleon proves to be helpful in getting the family through tricky situations. The book is both an enchanting memoire of a happy family holiday in Europe in the 1960s in the company of a charismatic little chameleon, and a nostalgic reminder of the freedom of travel in the days before airport security and border controls (and although Mugia was put into her own shoe box when the family went through customs, Mary strongly advises children not to try this trick today!) Paul died in a road accident in 2014 and "The Chameleon who went to the North Pole…almost!" is dedicated to him. With delightful colour illustrations by Samira Matthews, this makes a very special Christmas stocking-filler for children aged 6 – 12 years old.

About the author
Born in Rio Tinto, near Huelva in Spain. Married Bryan Epsom in Gibraltar in 1946. Moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 1950. They had three sons, the youngest of whom tragically died in a road accident in 2014. A Froebel Foundation trained teacher, she started a kindergarten in Nairobi and eventually owned and managed three kindergartens with a combined capacity of 400 pupils. In 1973, with five other Headmistresses, the Kindergarten Headmistresses' Association was formed and in 1977 the Teacher Training section went into action. 60 years of experience in early education and teacher training was recognised by President Uhuru Kenyatta with the highest civilian award of Chief of the Burning Spear [CBS] in 2017. A life member of Muthaiga Country Club, Nairobi.

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