A Flip Doll story
Melos is a stuffed chameleon, and he is a sad fellow.
He sits by the window looking at all the new leaves and bulbs sprouting in the Spring,
and he longs to lose himself among the shades of green as real chameleons do.
But he is stuffed with wool, and not fit for the outdoors.
Alas and alack.
"What shall I do?" he asks his friend the crocodile.
"Don't let it get you down," she smiles, "Look around. It's lovely. Make yourself at home here."
Melos looks around.
"She's right," he thinks to himself. "It's a lovely home.
I may not be fit for climbing trees and crawling through dewy grass.
But my fuzzy wool is perfect fit for snuggling into this folky ogee upholstery."
And so that's what he did.
And he was right at home.
"You look lovely, dear. I'm glad you're here," Crocodile tells him.
Melos is glad, too.
It's easy to modify the basic shape of the flip doll so that you can create whatever character tickles your fancy. The book includes a section explaining how that works. I had a brainstorming session, with a table full of kids, trying to think of new something that changes into something else - and someone thought of the chameleon! What a great idea! Then I remembered my leftover upholstery fabric and Melos was born.
I based his body shape on the dragon from George and the Dragon, with a few modifications. I gave him skinny little arms and legs, and made the tail the shared body part instead of the legs. These were pretty simple changes. You can download my template for the chameleon here, and instructions for assembling the flip dolls and modify the pattern to create your own characters is included in the book. Give it a shot!
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