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The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  140 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Twice the clever little monkey foils the attempts of the crocodile to capture him.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 21st 1987 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1969)
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Mar 17, 2016 Margaret rated it liked it

Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.During the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Second Grade one of the read aloud book choices is The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone. Discussion questions and enrichment materials for this book are included in the Memoria Press Enrichment Guide for Second Grade. I love the Memoria Press Enrichment Guides!! They make a great mini unit study. Week four is on this vintage picture book and other recommended reads include Let's Read and Fin
Scott Pagel
Nov 03, 2013 Scott Pagel rated it it was amazing
I have heard this story told orally but this was the first time I've read it. The first thing I noticed was how colorful the pictures were considering the book was published in 1969. Many books from that time did have color, of course, but many seem washed out to me. These illustrations are more vivid than most from that time and still hold up well today. The monkeys and the crocodiles are slightly cartoonish but accurate - a perfect mix for this story - and the child I read this to mentioned th ...more
Jenna Applegate
The Monkey and the Crocodile is a good fable to teach kids that you don't have to be the biggest and strongest to win. The Crocodile's wife told the crocodile that he had to get the monkey's heart because she wanted to eat it since it was the sweetest in the land. the crocodile told the monkey that he would take the monkey to the other side of the island so that he could try all the other sweet fruits. As the crocodile is swimming over the island he tries to drown the monkey to take his heart. T ...more
Yasuko Takatsuki
Feb 26, 2014 Yasuko Takatsuki rated it it was ok
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Aug 12, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Clever monkey outwits crocodile. Not particularly well done version.
Jan 25, 2014 Maxwell rated it really liked it
captivating story arc from the delightful Paul Galdone. "What does 'cunning' mean?" was the question tonight. The boys played with cars and wandered over to look at the illustrations during storytime.
Brennan Wieland
Jan 12, 2011 Brennan Wieland rated it really liked it
It seems that the original author of this book remains unknown, while we do know that it came from India. I read several different version also. Some were supposed to be an example of mercy, and others seem to be tales of the crocodile and the monkey matching wits, with the monkey coming out on top. Overall, they were fun reads, although I would like to know which one was the original.
Oct 01, 2013 Kristy rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I love Paul Galdone books, so I borrowed this from the library for my kids to read. (One of my favorite books EVER is Paul Galdone's Three Little Kittens. There's just something about it.) It's a nice big size with huge illustrations. The story is billed as "A Jakata Tale From India." There is a clever monkey, and a crocodile who wants to eat him...but I won't spoil the story for you.
Sep 13, 2012 Slytano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschoolers
I love this book. I like to introduce it by talking about trickery. I've built up to it by talking about being little and asking if the kids have ever had a trick played on them. Anyway, Paul Galdone is one of my favorites and I like anything he does NO MATTER WHAT.

Probably this book can be a little scary, and it can test the patience of younger groups or very large groups.
Cara Stone
A cute and simple, yet valuable, story with expressive illustrations of watercolor and ink. The images really help to propel you forward through the story. The colors are vibrant and the characters expressive and clever, this book would appeal to early-elementary students as well as preschool. Themes: caution, awareness of those around you/their motivations
Andrea Wick
This is the story of a monkey and a crocodile. The crocodile is trying to catch the monkey but never does.

This story could be used to teach honesty and how different animals live and their strengths and weakness.
Jun 09, 2014 Jean-Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fable, india, ancients
Reread this one today to complement our ancient India history lesson. The 7 year old LOVED it -- the story and the illustrations.
Jun 20, 2013 Trenya rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are great and I loved that the monkey kept outwitting the crocodile.
Mar 21, 2016 Theresa rated it liked it
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The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India
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learning about trust and respect
Dec 11, 2008 Tricia rated it really liked it
monkey doesn't fall for crocodile's tricks. always fun read-alouds, this galdone doesn't disappoint.
jenna nims
Apr 17, 2008 jenna nims rated it really liked it
fun fable
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Paul Galdone (1907 - November 7, 1986) was a children's literature author and illustrator. He was born in Budapest and he emigrated to the United States in 1921. He studied art at the Art Student's League and New York School for Industrial Design. He served for the US Army during world War II.

He illustrated nearly all of Eve Titus' books including, Basil of Baker Street series which was translated
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