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"Wallace and Bostock... do an exceptional job of suggesting how the world appears through crocodilian eyes. A terrific introduction to crocodiles, as well as swamps and predation." --Booklist, starred review
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
(first published 1997)
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Solid book about a realistic day in the life of a crocodile, with appealing illustrations; would be appropriate to read aloud with older preschool-younger elementary kids. Somewhat awkward in that each passage begins with "Imagine you are a crocodile" but then refers to the croc in 3rd person rather than continuing to appeal to the reader's imagination.
A nice blend of oversized illustrations with poetic, yet informative text. My son enjoyed it, however, I wouldn't be surprised if he never asks for it again before we return it to the library. Yet, it is a book I could imagine checking out again in a couple of years. It is almost like a picture book version of a BBC nature doc. He was very excited to see that this duo has made books about other animals such as giant octopus, eels and dinosaurs. We will check them out as soon as possible.
Imagining a mother crocodile in her habitat, the book uses evocative language to capture several days in the life of a croc. That said it has a very feminine perspective, ie. the croc is a mom and it is protecting its eggs and when it jumps to eat the heron, the action is captured just before there is blood. Just did not connect as well to my son, he did not ask for it a second time.
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