Singing and dancing with her shadow, Salome hears the cries of a crocodile trapped in a gully. It takes only a moment for the kind and resourceful girl to free him. But instead of being grateful, the crocodile traps Salome. Can she come up with a good reason why he shouldn't eat her for lunch? Even if she can, he won't let her go! With the help of a friendly pigeon, Salome makes her escape, and the duplicitous Crocodile winds up right where he deserves to be. Based on a traditional theme in European, Asian, and African folklore, this story of ingratitude and its comeuppance is illustrated with vividly colored pastel drawings that enhance the suspense and humor of the text. The tune of Salome's song is included so that readers can sing along. Author's note, glossary.
About the Author
Tololwa M. Mollel, an Arusha Maasai from Tanzania, grew up on his grandfather's coffee farm, an hour's drive from Mount Kilimanjaro. After receiving his B.A. in Literature and Theatre at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Mr. Mollel went to Canada in 1966 to complete his master's degree at the University of Alberta. In the late 1970s he returned to Tanzania where he was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Theatre Department at the University of Dar es Salaam. At that time he was also co-director of a children's theatre and arts group. Mr. Mollel has written many books for Clarion. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota..
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A livley girl by the name of Salome who enjoys singing and dancing with her shadow, is tricked by a cunning crocodile who is trapped in a gully. After doing the crocdile a good deed, Salome finds her self needing to be rescued, Along wiht colorful illustrations and a great story, readers will joy learning Salome's song with the music and lyrics in the back of the book. This book is great for young children, pre-k and up, children can bring Salome, the crocodile and the other animal characters to llife. The book can be retold through puppets and play. Class can re-enact the book. Can also be used for creative & music unit.