Friends for Life (Melrose and Croc Series)

Friends for Life (Melrose and Croc Series)

by Emma Chichester Clark
     
 

Melrose and Croc return in style in this beautiful picture book adventure, all about being the very best of friends. From the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series, these adorable characters will soon be your best friends too!See more details below

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Overview

Melrose and Croc return in style in this beautiful picture book adventure, all about being the very best of friends. From the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series, these adorable characters will soon be your best friends too!

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Praise for ‘Melrose and Croc’:'Full of bright detail, this is a picture book young readers could well dream about as being the next best thing to entering its pages.' The Independent'Two irresistible new characters from the creator of the popular Blue Kangaroo series.' Winter edition, Primary Times'A heart-warming tale of how friendships begin… This book is a wonderful tactile experience, from the shimmery glittery cover… to the gentle watercolours inside, which are printed on the creamiest of papers.' The Irish Times'It delights children but adults will appreciate the period evocation of the festive-season cities and the off-season seaside.' The Sunday Times'Incredibly touching story.' Primary Times'Gorgeous Christmassy story about friendship.' Angels and Urchins'You don't have to get too sentimental to find something special…The light in the illustrations makes this book all the more magical.' Junior'This author/illustrator goes from strength to strength… Mouth-watering illustrations, ideal text, two mightily engaging characters – altogether the star on top of the tree.' Carousel
Children's Literature - Erika Clark
Little Green Croc and Melrose are two best friends who acknowledge and admire each other's differences. "‘You can do somersaults!' said Little Green Croc. ‘And you can draw aeroplanes!' said Melrose." At times they even wish they were a little more alike. "But I wish you were as tidy as me…Well, I wish you were as quiet as me," exclaimed one to the other. Even though the underlying message about friends respecting each other for their unique characteristics is a good one, the book is poorly written. Since the author uses a lot of repetition with a dull story, the reader is more likely to lose interest in the text. For instance, the story begins "I am green!" sang Little Green Croc. "And I am hairy," sang Melrose. Then the story continues with Little Green Croc complimenting Melrose on his talents and vice versa. Finally the story ends with Little Green Croc admitting that he wishes he were more like Melrose. 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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007182428
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Melrose and Croc Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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