Counting Crocodiles

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By using her ability to count, a clever monkey outwits the hungry crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea.

In this rhymed retelling of a traditional Asian tale, a clever monkey uses her ability to count to outwit the hungry crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea.

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Overview

By using her ability to count, a clever monkey outwits the hungry crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea.

In this rhymed retelling of a traditional Asian tale, a clever monkey uses her ability to count to outwit the hungry crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea.

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Editorial Reviews

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!
From the Publisher
“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756906955
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Sales rank: 469,017
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

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    My son brought this home from his school library. My husband read it to him 3 times almost in a row and I think we all can recite it word for word now. Very good book to help kids learn to count without knowing they are learning. This is a good book idea for Santa to deliver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    Kids Love It!

    I read this book at story time to a bunch of four year olds, and they absolutely loved it. Out of all the books I read at story time, they liked this book best. They thought the pictures were hilarious, not to mention that I do to, and laughed through the whole thing. My favorite picture was of the crocodiles in pink mohawks.

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