Imagine You Are a Crocodile

Imagine You Are a Crocodile

by Karen Wallace, Mike Bostock
     
 


"Wallace and Bostock... do an exceptional job of suggesting how the world appears through crocodilian eyes. A terrific introduction to crocodiles, as well as swamps and predation." --Booklist, starred review
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"Wallace and Bostock... do an exceptional job of suggesting how the world appears through crocodilian eyes. A terrific introduction to crocodiles, as well as swamps and predation." --Booklist, starred review

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"Wallace and Bostock... do an exceptional job of suggesting how the world appears through crocodilian eyes. A terrific introduction to crocodiles, as well as swamps and predation." --Booklist, starred review
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
The life of a crocodile is sketched simply but evocatively in this imaginative story. Kids are asked to imagine being a crocodile that's hungry, then full and resting, a watchful protective mother, and finally a lazy, dragon-like creature. Wallace has some intriguing descriptions, such as "The crocodile hangs in the water like a rotten log...Her two yellow eyes seem to float on the scum." Bostock paints crocodilian habitats in a green-gold look that hints of secrets and mystery. He and Wallace pull no punches when it comes to the fact that animals eat other animals. This would be a great book to read on a rainy day, when kids can pretend to be underwater.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3Wallace uses a present-tense narration to describe a mother crocodile's daily routine. This is a deliberately unromanticized view ("The crocodile hangs in the water like a rotten log") with a brief text that is detailed enough to provide some fascinating bits of information ("The sound of tiny barks floats across the rushes. Inside their eggs, her babies are calling"). Readers get a visual as well as a verbal immersion with Bostock's vivid watercolors. His use of color is especially effective. There is no white space, just lots of greens and khakis, touched with yellows, lavender, and peach. The crocodiles and their habitat have a simple, realistic, yet somewhat stylized look. An engaging introduction to these perennially popular creatures.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805046373
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
03/15/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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