Counting Crocodiles

Counting Crocodiles

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by Judy Sierra, Will Hillenbrand
     
 

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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!
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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!

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“Witty...An altogether fresh presentation.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Delectable...A book that is meant to be read aloud.”—School Library Journal
“No ordinary counting book...Beautifully illustrated.”—Child Magazine
Publishers Weekly
How Monkey gets from his small island to a faraway island where a banana tree grows may be a familiar dilemma but, as PW wrote in a starred review, "Author and artist, working with traditional materials, arrive at an altogether fresh presentation." Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
This is an entertaining counting story. The illustrations are wonderful, and the cute story is told in rhyme. To its credit, the book contains somewhat sophisticated words at times (for the 3 and 4 year olds) such as 'delectable' and 'vicious.' Although unfortunately the meter does not always work, this really shouldn't be held against this overall delightful book.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
What makes a picture book memorable? Word perfect text with pictures that expand the story. My choice is Judy Sierra's Counting Crocodiles. Based on a Pan-Asian folktale, a trickster monkey living in a sour lemon tree persuades a family of crocs to form a bridge under the pretext of counting them so she can reach an island with luscious bananas. Sierra's story abounds in rich, humorous verse: "She ate lemons boiled and fried, steamed, sautTed, pureed, and dried. She ate lemons 'til she cries, 'I'm all puckered up inside!'" Crocs dressed as Goldilocks, musician crocs with pink mohawks, and some with polka-dot socks make this a "croc" of comic delight!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152163563
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
291,910
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
“Witty...An altogether fresh presentation.”—Publishers Weekly
“Delectable...A book that is meant to be read aloud.”—School Library Journal
“No ordinary counting book...Beautifully illustrated.”—Child Magazine

Meet the Author


Judy Sierra holds a Ph.D. in folklore from UCLA. She is the author of many esteemed children's books, including Nursery Tales Around the World, winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society, and Good Night, Dinosaurs. She is also the reteller/compiler of several books of folklore for teachers and storytellers. Ms. Sierra lives in Northern California.

WILL HILLENBRAND has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books, including The House That Drac Built by Judy Sierra and his own Down by the Station. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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