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The Selfish Crocodile

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  240 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Every morning a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: `Stay away from my river! It's MY river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' The animals in the forest don't know what to do. They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water. Until one day the creatures are woken by a loud ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published January 1st 2000)
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May 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-my-boys
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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
'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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mamoon Razaq
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dawn Laws
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a selfish crocodile that doesn't want to share his water, everyone leaves, then he needs help with a bad tooth and a mouse helps him by pulling it out. He then shares the pond with all the animals.

I rated this book 5/5 because it teaches to be nice and not selfish.
Kiana Gerard
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles is a great book full of morals about not being selfish and helping others. The story introduces a crocodile who will not let the others bathe and drink in his river. His selfishness kept animals and close friendships away. When something bad happens to the crocodile, only one person helps to save him and friendships are made. I loved how that Charles brings puts together rich texts and vivid imagery to create one kid-friendly book.

As I discovered this bo
Elma Branigan
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
“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
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The selfish crocodile was about a crocodile that wouldn't share the water hole with all the other animals. That is until one day they could hear an animal cry, it was the crocodile and he was in pain. None of the animals rushed to help, instead, they didn't want to approach him. Then a brave little mouse came to help the crocodile and realised it was his tooth giving him pain, and helped pull the rotten tooth out. After that, the crocodile soon understood that helping and sharing with others is ...more
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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
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
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.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
The Brothers
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crocodiles
Asher didn't really like this book because at the beginning the illustrations show the crocodile angrily yelling at the other forest creatures to stay away from his river. The story is cute though - very mouse-pulling-thorn-out-of-lion-paw.

Great illustrations.
Christopher Skelskey
Great illustrations, good message to young kids about sharing and treating others nicely. The students were able to get the message easily.
Siobhan O' Sullivan
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
lovely story with a great moral
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.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very cute, and teaches about being selfish and friendship.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a lovely book for key stage one and maybe lower key stage 2 ! Nice illustrations.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Jan 08, 2011 rated it liked it
My son loves this story.
Jen Healey
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
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.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: en-pic-books
ther's something silly about it
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Great book to teach kids about sharing and getting along. Very appropriate for preschool and kindergarten.
Nojood Alsudairi
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
The plot is too predictable.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
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