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Find a Smile (Melrose and Croc Series)
     

Find a Smile (Melrose and Croc Series)

by Emma Chichester Clark
 

When Melrose loses his smile, he worries that he won't be able to find it again. But Little Green Croc takes him to the countryside, and, after running fast, hopping over a stream, chasing a squirrel up a tree, smelling a flower, and runing backwards up the hill, sure enough, his smile returns! This heartwarming tale emphasizes the power of friendship.

Overview

When Melrose loses his smile, he worries that he won't be able to find it again. But Little Green Croc takes him to the countryside, and, after running fast, hopping over a stream, chasing a squirrel up a tree, smelling a flower, and runing backwards up the hill, sure enough, his smile returns! This heartwarming tale emphasizes the power of friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Erika Clark
On a lovely sunny day Little Green Croc felt something was wrong with his friend Melrose. "I've lost my smile," said Melrose. Little Green Croc keeps a positive attitude and encourages Melrose to go out with him to find it. Out to the countryside, Little Green Croc tells Melrose to run fast, hop over a stream, catch a falling leaf and much more. Having fun and playing in a peaceful and serene environment, Melrose forgets about his sadness and is smiling again. Clark uses a clever plot introducing the reader to a problem in the beginning of the story and then builds anticipation throughout the adventure of the main characters. The story ends with the problem ingeniously unraveled, which also demonstrates to the reader an interesting way friends can help one another with a persisting and concerning attitude. Finally, the soft watercolor images of the two adventurous friends provide the reader with an idea of how to solve an issue and be a positive influence on those who are close to him or her. Reviewer: Erika Clark
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Melrose the dog and his crocodile buddy are inseparable. In Beside the Sea, Croc is in a grouchy mood and his friend tries to cheer him up with a guessing game that leads them to the beach. Melrose is down in the dumps in Find a Smile, and this time Croc lifts his spirits by taking him to the countryside. After a day of hopping over streams and playing in the flowers, all worries are forgotten. In Friends for Life, the two reflect upon each other's best (and worst) qualities and conclude, "I like us just the way we are." When they set off on a shopping trip in Go to Town, they vow to stick together, but Croc gets lost and then found at the mall. Clark's winsome watercolor illustrations show the pals in a variety of settings, from bustling British streetscapes to the seaside. The simple, elegant texts gently relate slice-of-life adventures.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007182411
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Melrose and Croc Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Emma Chichester Clark has written and illustrated numerous acclaimed children’s books, including I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!; It Was You, Blue Kangaroo; Listen to This; and No More Kissing. She won the Mother Goose Award in 1988.

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