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The Good Ship Crocodile

Felix, Monique (Illustrator)
Creative Editions 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781568462387 (hardcover)
9781566603003 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This simple story of giving and receiving is conveyed with condensed yet highly expressive language. Snout is a crocodile who lives in a “soft, weedy home.” When heavy rains fall, swelling his river home, Snout helps a variety of neighbours to safety. Among them are rain-drenched “soggy fireflies” and “Sparkle, the brightest glimmer-glow of all.” When the rains eventually stop, “the sun gulped up all the water” and Snout finds himself far from home.

Sensitive images in soft, painted effects seem to revel in detail and texture: Snout’s armour-like hide; the prickles of a stranded hedgehog; the bulging, skeptical glance of a toad, as he leans over Snout’s nose, viewing his teeth.

‘Be kind to others’ is the message of this sweet fable—highlighted when helpful Snout requests aid for himself. “Sparkle blinked a blink to all her sisters,” and they lit the lost crocodile’s way back home.

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    Discuss what you know about crocodiles. Where do they live and what animals are their prey? Would you want to have a crocodile in your living room?

  •  Crocodiles are carnivores. What can you infer about this crocodile’s values?
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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the animals, setting and actions. Pause when the crocodile is crossing with the mandrills and make predictions about the story.

  •  Use pictures and labels of the key elements to create your own version of the story. Use the sentence “Please carry us to the other side” or an equivalent sentence to imitate the repetition that is a hallmark of this book.
  •  Learn the keywords and names of the animals that are needed to understand the story.
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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the animals, setting and actions. Use your new vocabulary to make predictions about the story.

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    Listen to the story read aloud and compare your predictions.

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    Use pictures and labels of the key elements to retell the story. Use the repeated sentence, “Please carry us to the other side,” in your version.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Science and Technology