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Crocodile's Tears

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Publisher Comments:

Black Rhino and Tickbird want to know why Crocodile is crying. They search the African landscape for other animals who might know the answer. The few they find suggest Crocodile is sad that so many of them face extinction. But when Black Rhino finally asks Crocodile why hes crying, he learns an interesting fact: Crocodile isn't really crying; hes wetting his eyes in the hot, dry sun like all crocodiles do. And Black Rhino learns something else about crocodiles: they can have you for lunch if you don't watch out!

Including a photo of each animal featured in the story along with a description of its current status on the list of endangered species, this picture book is a great educational tool. A share of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Shompole Community Trust, a land and animal reserve in Kenya.

Review:

"More pointed than Beard's The Jungle Grapevine and Monkey See, Monkey Draw, this offering also showcases his expressive, angular renderings of African animals. Working in pen-and-ink and watercolor, Beard uses wispy, swirling lines and bold shapes to create sky and flora. In the foreground, Rhino and Tickbird try to determine why Crocodile is crying. Afraid to approach him, the two go in search of 'a wise golden eagle,' who suggests that Crocodile might miss the elephants. 'heir trumpets rarely sound anymore,' the eagle says, adding, 'If you can find an elephant, you could ask him' about Crocodile's distress. 'If you can find...' is the repeated, operative phrase in the gentle if somewhat poky narrative, which sends Rhino and Tickbird from animal to animal, some of which (Beard explains in a note) are endangered, but all of which live in an environment 'under siege.' The idiomatic meaning of 'crocodile tears' isn't mentioned, but lest things seem too dire, Beard delivers a playful twist ending that reminds readers that a crying crocodile is still a crocodile. A photo-essay about each species underscores the book's ecological message. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Alex Beard is an artist whose work has been shown in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong, among other major cities. He lives with his wife and their children in New Orleans.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781419700088
Author:
Beard, Alex
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Subject:
Animals - Alligators & Crocodiles
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Alligators and Crocodiles
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 pages of full-color illustrations
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
12 x 8.5 in
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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Product details 48 pages ABRAMS - English 9781419700088 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "More pointed than Beard's The Jungle Grapevine and Monkey See, Monkey Draw, this offering also showcases his expressive, angular renderings of African animals. Working in pen-and-ink and watercolor, Beard uses wispy, swirling lines and bold shapes to create sky and flora. In the foreground, Rhino and Tickbird try to determine why Crocodile is crying. Afraid to approach him, the two go in search of 'a wise golden eagle,' who suggests that Crocodile might miss the elephants. 'heir trumpets rarely sound anymore,' the eagle says, adding, 'If you can find an elephant, you could ask him' about Crocodile's distress. 'If you can find...' is the repeated, operative phrase in the gentle if somewhat poky narrative, which sends Rhino and Tickbird from animal to animal, some of which (Beard explains in a note) are endangered, but all of which live in an environment 'under siege.' The idiomatic meaning of 'crocodile tears' isn't mentioned, but lest things seem too dire, Beard delivers a playful twist ending that reminds readers that a crying crocodile is still a crocodile. A photo-essay about each species underscores the book's ecological message. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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