The Selfish Crocodile
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A contemporary classic in which a very selfish crocodile sees the error of his ways.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published January 1st 2000)
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Kathryn
This story is not exactly original, about a mouse that helps a crocodile with a bad tooth, but the pictures were engaging and colorful. My littlest one loved this book, particularly the final page with all of the animals swimming around in the water.
Shazia Hassan
This is an excellent book with colourful pictures and good size font writing. This book also comes with a CD and is great for guided reading or free flow activity in EYFS/KS1/KS2 years. This book is about a selfish crocodile who would not let anyone drink from or swim in the river and said that it was 'his river', all the animals feared him. However, one day the crocodile was in lots of pain due to a bad tooth and no one helped him because they were so scared from him. But a little mouse was bra...more
Sophie Mc
'The Selfish Crocodile' by Faustin Charles is a great read for those children studying the EYFS. The story tells of a scary crocodile who rules the river and he has every other animal fearing him. As the story develops we find that the crocodile falls into trouble; he has serious toothache! The story is a great read to use to reaffirm the learning of habitats and animals as the book displays a wide variety of different animals. The book focuses on 'not judging a book by its' cover' and this is a...more
Sharon
All the animals in the forest were banished from the river by the selfish crocodile. He told the animals it was his river and threatened that any animal who entered will be eaten. Then one day the crocodile was in need of a helping hand. He cried out in pain with toothache. A daring mouse darted into his mouth and pulled out the troublesome tooth. From that day on, the crocodile changed his ways, he welcomed all his new friends to join him in the river. This book is suitable for KS1 and KS2 at s...more
Andrew
This story is about a crocodile who is behaving selfishly. He doesn’t want to share HIS river with the other animals but soon realises the error of his ways. I enjoyed reading this book. I thought the story was great and I loved the illustrations in it, they are well drawn and amusing at times so I can see it engaging a child’s attention. As there’s an assortment of animals drawn, this book could be used to teach about different types of wildlife. It could also be used to emphasise the importanc...more
Mamoon Razaq
This book is about a crocodile that does not let other animals in the water. If other animals do go in the lake he eats them up.

However when the crocodile gets a terrible pain in his mouth, none of the animals go and help him as they are scared but the mouse goes inside his mouth and takes his bad tooth out. The crocodile pain is gone after that and he lets the mouse and all the other animals come and play in the water with him.

The book teaches children how not to be selfish and to share things....more
Katy Mcnab
Although not a truly original story, 'The Selfish Crocodile' very well illustrates moral dilemmas relevant in the classroom setting. It has brought about some wonderful discussions with my nursery class about kindness and sharing, and even bravery. The children love the illustrations and enjoy to predict what might happen next. We even managed a circle time about brushing our teeth one day when a child inquisitively asked why the crocodile had toothache! Lots of lovely themes and ideas to be exp...more
Elma Branigan
“The Selfish Crocodile” by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry.

This book has some of the most wonderful illustrations throughout. For both adult and child, this book is so colourful and has a feel good factor about it.

The story is based on a selfish crocodile who won’t allow any of the other animals to drink in the river, that he calls “my river”. Every day, all of the forest creatures have to walk for miles to get water to drink. Until one day, the crocodile gets a terrible toothache. All of the...more
Shelley
The selfish crocodile was very selfish. He believed that the river he bathed in was his river and therefore nobody else was allowed in the river - not even a fish. The poor animals had to walk for miles just to bathe or drink water. The animals did not like the selfish crocodile and were terrified of him. However, things were about to change. The animals heard a groaning one day and discovered that the crocodile was in pain. After being helped, the selfish crocodile realised he was not very nice...more
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
The Selfish Crocodile
By Faustin Charles
Illustrations By Michael Terry
Grade Levels: K-2
DRA/Lexile Measure/GLE: 580L/2.8
Reviewed By Aaron Carter

This is an excellent choice for teaching about the importance of sharing and helping one another. Early on, the unfriendly crocodile claimed the river as its own, and thus prevented the other creatures from using it; however, that all changed when the crocodile got a toothache. Whereas most of the animals refused to help the crocodile, a courageous mouse v...more
Slayermel
Sep 18, 2009 Slayermel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents with young children, preschool teachers
This is another one of my favourite stories that I could read over and over again.

This story is about a very selfish Crocodile who does not want any of the other animals to bath or drink from his river. Until One day all the animals heard a horrible sound in the Jungle, it sounded like someone was in terrible pain. It turned out to be the crocodile. None of the animals wanted to go close and help him, except for a little mouse who runs up the stomach of the crocodile and goes into his mouth to...more
Christopher Skelskey
Great illustrations, good message to young kids about sharing and treating others nicely. The students were able to get the message easily.
Jade
A brilliant story, very well written with good use of adjectives throughout the book. There is also a wide range of vocabulary an good words to introduce to children to encourage them to use them in their own story writing. There is a good use of dialogue throughout the book which creates the opportunity to adopt voices for characters. The illustrations are fantastic, particularly the expressions of the animals! The story could be used to promote a class discussion around the moral of the story...more
Julia Murphy
Ich will Deutsch lernen, ich vergesse alles!
Becky B
In a new spin on an old tale, a mouse helps out a crocodile in pain. And not just any crocodile, the notoriously selfish and grumpy crocodile who had scared everyone away from the river. But the mouse's kindness makes the crocodile change his ways and everyone benefits from the kindness.

A cute folktale about being kind, even to those who have been grouchy and unkind in the past. The bright and colorful illustrations should be attractive to kids, along with the "danger" aspect of the story.
Samantha
This book has bright and colorful illustrations. The setting is a jungle with animals like monkeys, hippos, and giraffes. The main character, the crocodile, is mean and tells the other animals to stay away from his river. Then one day the crocodile is in pain and the other animals are reluctant to help because hes so mean. But a tiny little mouth crawls right in and extracts the paining tooth. After that the crocodile befriended the mouse and allowed the other animals in the river.
Ashlyn Barker
Cute book for children about caring for others...even when they are a tad grumpy. Well written and adorable illustrations.
Andrew Perry
This book would be great to read when discussing sharing or bullying. The selfish crocodile provides a perfect example of what happens when you do not treat others how you would want to be treated.
Haley Hamilton
Can be used to show that like the animals all wanted to share the river, we all share the class. We need to learn to help each other out when they are in trouble and always share in the classroom.
Jenny Wagstaff
Read this to my daughter at bedtime, along with a few others, it was not great. I am very pleased that it was a library book and I won't have to read it many more times.
Shannon Clark
This book shows how a kind action can lead to more kindness. Maybe we all need to read this one aloud to our students. Over and over and..... :)
Leslie Dawn Homer
Great read-aloud for kids. Fun to do the voices and really get into it!!! One of my favorites for the kids in my Pre-K class.
Magda
This sweet story shows kids that it’s good to be kind & that all of us need good friends. I mean kids & grown-ups ☺
Angela
Great book to teach kids about sharing and getting along. Very appropriate for preschool and kindergarten.
Sarah
Very cute, and teaches about being selfish and friendship.
Siobhan O' Sullivan
lovely story with a great moral
Huda
ther's something silly about it
Vandy
Feb 14, 2010 Vandy added it
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great rhymes for animal puppets.
Nagham
My son loves this story.
Nojood Alsudairi
The plot is too predictable.
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Faustin Charles was born in Trinidad in 1944 and his passion for writing started when he was still at school. As there are no publishing houses in the Caribbean, he came to the conclusion that he would have to move to Britain or the United States in order to have a career.
He has been regularly published since 1969 but has not confined his talents to the written word.. He is passionate about the cu...more
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