The beloved fable about being yourself from four-time Caldecott Honor-winner Leo Lionni.
Unlike other crocodiles, Cornelius walks upright, sees things, and does tricks no other crocodile can. His friends aren't impressed. "So what?" they say when he demonstrates standing on his head or hanging from his tail. At first, Cornelius is disappointed, but things aren't always what they seem, and life on the riverbeach is about to undergo some big changes. Children will draw inspiration from this tale of a crocodile who marches to his own drummer.
About the Author
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a cute example of fantasy. All of the crocodiles have crocodile qualities, except Cornelius who walks upright and is more human. Being able to relate to Cornelius, while still having the believability of the regular crocodiles makes this a pretty good example of realistic fiction. Age Appropriateness: PrimaryMedia: Collage
Cornelius is a crocodile that hatched on the riverbeach and immediately walked upright. His friends didn't seem to care that he could stand on his head and hang upside down from his tail like his friend the monkey. The other crocodiles weren't impressed so Cornelius left them to be different, but then saw them trying to be like him- which made him happy.
I think this is a great book that teaches students to be unique/different. Cornelius is different because he can walk upright, but his friends don't think its special at all. One day a monkey teaches him how to stand on his head and his crocodile friends still don't think that is unique. But, when they think Cornelius isn't watching, they too are trying to stand on their heads. This would be a great book to teach students that it's okay to be different and everyone should accept everyone and always try new things.