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Counting Crocodiles

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Poor Monkey. All she has to eat are sour lemons. One day she spies a banana tree on a faraway island, but the only way to get there is to navigate the crocodile-infested waters of the Sillabobble Sea. That’s no problem when you’re a brave and clever monkey who can count to ten and back!
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Melissa Koser
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is proof that great art sells. Sure, the wording has good rhythm and rhyme, and is full of descriptive words rather than the dumbed-down text so many children's books use. But the art! So fun to look at, and even after multiple reads with my toddler I'm still finding new little easter eggs. Books like this are a pleasure to read over and over, and I wholeheartedly recommend this one to all parents of young children.
Tara Schloetter
This is a delightful and humorous children’s picture book that would engage children and adults alike. I was so drawn to the text and counting the crocodiles that I did not even notice some of the illustrations where the fox and the monkey were stealing bananas until the very end—I had to go back and look through the pages again to realize that I completely missed some of the details. Not only is this a counting book with an interesting twist, it also includes some advanced vocabulary that typic ...more
Kylee Wiyrick
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this silly book that involved a brave little monkey who was determined to get a banana. What would you do for a banana? Would you face an encounter with a bunch of crazy crocodiles? Well that is just what the monkey did! By counting by one’s up to the number ten, and performing crazy counting tricks, the little monkey comes up with a plan to trick the crocodiles into giving her a free ride across the dangerous waters. Readers of this book follow the monkey on her adventure while ...more
Tiffany Shafapay
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This fun children's cook takes lace on an island inhabited by lots of animals but surrounded by crocodiles. One day a herd of the crocodiles pull up to shore to attend a lunch with the monkeys. This book then turns into a counting book which focuses on crocodiles by the number doing silly things. This book is great to have kids be involved in as it has them learning and reciting the number but also gets them to laugh as they participate. The fun images will have kids interested along the whole b ...more
XIS Grade 3
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3vl-read-to-self
I liked it. (Champion)
Amanda Brooke
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: primary-reads
Great book for beginning readers because it is predictable and illustrations give context clues to new words and it's not a condescending counting book.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Clever monkey counts the crocodiles as she uses them as a bridge to the island with bananas
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A monkey wants bananas that are on a tiny island in a sea filled with crocodiles. The monkey finds a way, through clever counting, to trick them.
Jessica Murphy
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Counting Crocodiles
Author: Judy Sierra
Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand
Genre: Counting Book
Theme(s): Counting and Numbers, Reptiles and Amphibians, Asian and Asian American Fables

Opening line/sentence: On an island in the middle of the Sillabobble Sea lived a clever monkey in a sour lemon tree.

Brief Book Summary: A monkey, sick of eating only lemons, desires to cross the sea to a banana tree. Unfortunately, crocodiles roam the waters. The crocodiles ask to be counted to prove how many of the
Marcia Campbell
Sierra, Judy. Counting Crocodiles. San Diego: Gulliver Books, 1977
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Recommended for ages 3-6
Concept Book

This is a story about a clever monkey whose only source of food is lemons. Spying a banana tree on an island across the sea, clever monkey is enticed but knows he must tread dangerous crocodile infested waters to get his prize. Monkey devices a scheme to trick the crocodiles to form a bridge for him to cross to and from the island by saying he wants to count how ma
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Monkey is tired of eating lemons. She is stuck on an island with only a lemon tree but she dreams of making her way across the Sillabobble Sea to reach the far away island on which she spies a “delectable” banana tree. The problem is the overabundance of hungry crocodiles just waiting in the water for the Monkey to make one wrong move so that they can snap her up! Will Hillenbrand’s delightfully humorous oil pastel, watercolor and gauche illustrations, and comic style are the perfect complement ...more
Danielle Bartelmay
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: literacy, math
This is a story about a cunning money who wants to get the bananas on the island across the crocodile infested water. He tricks the crocodiles into building a bridge for him to cross by saying he wants to know how many crocodiles there are. He counts his way across and back and the crocodiles never catch on to his game. This book is great way to teach counting to young children. It is very repetitive and the rhyme and illustrations make it more engaging. The children can count along while readin ...more
Terry Marzell
Sierra, Judy. Illustrations by Will Hillenbrand. Counting Crocodiles. San Diego, California: Voyager Books. 1997. Target Audience: Ages 4-8. Reading Level: 2.5. A monkey living in a lemon tree on an island can see a tree full of delectable bananas on a neighboring island. To get to the bananas, the monkey must cross a crocodile-infested Sillabobble Sea. The monkey is challenged to count the crocodiles, which she does, both forwards and backwards. This double counting reinforces the learning. The ...more
I thought this would be a counting book. And it could work that way, but I was more engrossed in the rhyme, the silliness, and seeing the monkey's cleverness. Would be a fun addition to storytime--toddler as well as preschool.

2/11/15 Used in my In the Zoo Part 2 storytime theme. A really good book. Unfortunately, I had quite the loud, squirmy group--all of them new and came in late, AFTER the rule reminder at the beginning. The new kids scared all my regulars unfortunately. So even though this b
Ashlynn Armstrong
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is about a monkey who only has lemons to eat. One day the monkey discovers there are bananas on an island nearby. She is trying to figure out a way to get over there when the crocodiles tell her there are too many of them for just her to get across, so the monkey decides to count and see how many crocodiles there actually are. She jumps on there back, and reaches the other island. She tells them to let her count once more. She makes it back, and tells them there were enough, but not en ...more
Becky B
Monkey lives on an island with only a lemon tree and she's a bit tired of lemons. She can see across the sea an island with a lovely looking banana tree, but there are crocodiles in the water between the islands. Monkey has to figure out a way to outwit the crocodiles so she can get a variation in her lemon diet.

The way the monkey outwits the crocodiles by having them line up to be counted is very Aesop-ish. (Is this based on an Aesop fable? I'm not sure.) The way that the crocodiles form groups
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved Counting Crocodiles because it was a cute way to teach counting. Readers will love how the word croc is continually being rhymed in different fashions. The full-page illustrations are full of extras for readers to discover such as friends that go along the way and how the eyes create the waves. I also like how this is a tale that has been adapted from a folktale. This primary reading informational narrative will be a delightful way to include math and reading.

I would use this book as a g
Nichole Sedler
Dec 04, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: K-2nd
Shelves: picture-books

Written by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, published by Voyager Books, 2001.

Summary: A counting, rhyming book about a monkey on a deserted island with nothing but lemons. The monkey sees a banana tree on another island far away but the water between the two island is full of crocodiles. So the monkey slyly convinces the crocodiles to let her count how many crocodiles there are. In the counting process monkey jumps across their backs all the way to the banana tree.

Response: This is
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra is a wonderful children's poetry book. Grades kindergarten through 3rd grade would enjoy this book and younger children who cannot read would enjoy listening to the story. This book would be good at helping children with math skills since there is counting involved with the crocodiles. If children are more sensitive the crocodiles in this book may be a little scary to them. Counting Crocodiles is a silly story about monkeys tricking crocodiles so they can get t ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Counting Crocodiles is one of my favorite childhood books. It is about a clever monkey who is tired of eating lemons on her tiny little island. She sees that across the crocodile infested sea, there is an island with a banana tree, so the monkey tricks the crocodiles into letting her count them. The crocodiles line up to make a bridge from one island to the other and the monkey counts them while getting closer and closer to her bananas. When she gets her bananas, she tells the crocs to let her c ...more
Dione Basseri
A common staple in library storytimes, at least in my area. But, unfortunately, nothing spectacular. Which means it's gotten quite a bit old, for me.

Either I'm not getting the rhythm of the book right, or the rhythm is just awkward. There seem to be several beats that are just too long. As a result, it feels like this book goes on forever. Counting crocodiles as the monkey crosses the sea...and then realizing you have to count them coming back again. >.<

Keep reading around for storytime in
John Jones
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this book the literature spoke the sequence of counting as well as the patterns they can create. The book also was able to teach a refect on multiplication and addtion, while making the story very interesting. I really like this book because it is come the students can get into and see just how smart the monkey was. They can also see how many ways they can count the crocodiles. I would most defiantly use this book in my class to challenge my students with problem solving with finding the patt ...more
Shani Cooper
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This story provides a fun story that children can use to practice counting to ten. In the classroom teachers can split students into different groups. Each group gets a different animal to create. Each student in each group can cut and color a cut out from the animal. Students should identify the number of parts the animal has and put the animal together to create a picture. For example, a crocodile has four legs, one mouth, one tongue, several teeth, and so on. Students can add other items to t ...more
Olivia Bailey
The book can illustrate how to use alliteration- repetition of the same letter to consecutative words.

The book list many synonomns- show how different words have similiar meanings
It introduces many new words that can be described using context clues
HAs lots of rhyming words

Math- counting the crocodiles
They wer counted going up from one to ten and counted down from ten to one. Teaches the sequence of numbers.
Can have the students actually add them all together. Also can talk about the usage of "h
Alesha Harris
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-books
This story talks about a monkey who sees a banana tree on an island The monkeys then tricks the crocodiles into making a bridge for him to go over to get to the tree and gets bananas. The illustrations are very colorful and the pictures are interesting. I would use this book for a math lesson because in this book story you count crocodiles from one to ten. Also, it is great for counting and addition. I would read this book to 3-6 years old.
Katrina Kim
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, math, science

Fun& engaging way to count!
* Frontwards & backwards!!!
( the skills needed to conduct addition and subtraction)

Counting range: 1-10

Transition towards science- Discuss:
Diet of a primate/ monkey
Environment they live--what other animals can be found?
- Where can we find monkeys and crocodiles?
- Do crocodiles live in salt water, fresh water, or both?
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Clever, clever story about a monkey who wants bananas from the other side of the ocean and the crocodiles who "feed on fishes" in-between. Great for kids learning to count. As an added bonus and throwback...there are crocodiles with purple mohawks-this is a good introduction to punk culture. Nice rhythm in the story.
Chanae Wills
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
"Counting Crocodiles" is a good book to read to younger students, such as Pre- K and Kindergarteners. This book has a lot of rhyming words, so it would be easy for the students to follow along. In the classroom, I could use this book when going over the numbers one through ten, going both backward and forward.
Counting crocodiles is a cute, fun book to use with pre-k or kindergarten to show/reinforce numbers 1-10. In the story a monkey cons several crocs into letting him jump on their backs to get to another island to get a banana. This book can introduce simple addition, counting backwards and problem solving strategies.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story is great to use in a math lesson. My mentor teacher read it to her students during math to work on their counting and it helps add the fun element to what they are learning. The book counts up to ten by adding and then it subtracts back down to one, so the students were able to work on those skills. Works great for a read aloud and incorporating reading into math as well.
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I took a roundabout path to becoming a children's author. Out of college I did temporary work in offices and libraries, while at night, I wrote poetry and made strange life forms from cloth. When I teamed up with a puppeteer, Bob Kaminski (my husband), I was able to bring my cloth creations to life. We began performing on the streets of San Francisco, at Renaissance fairs, and at schools. After at ...more