Give Up, Gecko!

Give Up, Gecko!

by Margaret Read MacDonald, Deborah Melmon
     
 
“Elephant! Elephant! Heavy! Heavy! Heavy! Elephant! Elephant! STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!” Elephant was shouting and stomping. But could he stomp a hole deep enough to reach water for the thirsty animals? Maybe…maybe not. All the animals tried until tiny Gecko took a turn. He was small…but he was determined. And he was not going to give up! Kids

Overview

“Elephant! Elephant! Heavy! Heavy! Heavy! Elephant! Elephant! STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!” Elephant was shouting and stomping. But could he stomp a hole deep enough to reach water for the thirsty animals? Maybe…maybe not. All the animals tried until tiny Gecko took a turn. He was small…but he was determined. And he was not going to give up! Kids will love to chant and stomp along to this Ugandan folktale.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
The animals are tired of waiting for the rain so they decide to dig for water. Some animals want to use their tusks; others want to use their horns. Hippo suggests stomping. The elephant goes first but he is heavy and gives up. The hippo tries next but he does not fare much better. All the big animals try but they too give up. Medium-sized animals try but eventually give up; elephant believes it is hopeless. The tiny gecko asks if he can try much to the amusement of the larger animals. As the larger animals continue to laugh at the gecko, he refuses to give up in spite of their ridicule. His persistence pays off! He gains the larger animals' admiration as everyone gains the needed water. This folk tale has much in its favor: a small, persistent and unlikely hero, action and participation for reading aloud and an exotic setting. The end page provides a brief explanation about the story's origins and might help preschool and early elementary teachers to use the book in their curriculum. The illustrations fall a bit flat in depicting the action, in spite of their bright hues. However, preschool and slightly older readers will cheer for Gecko, and may leave, stomping for water. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477816356
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,162,381
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Read MacDonald breathes life into traditional folktales, sharing them in exciting performances, using them to enable beginning storytellers, and publishing them in picture books and folklore collections.

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