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Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Animals
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Abrams Books for Young Readers on January 1st 2012
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
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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 he’s crying, he learns an interesting fact: Crocodile isn’t really crying; he’s 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.
"Beard’s illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful in their simplicity. The rhythm of Beard’s writing keeps the reader engaged, and will lend itself to being read aloud easily...this book is a must-have for any “green” collection."–Library Media Connection
Previously I was amused by author Alex Beard’s Monkey See, Monkey Draw in a take on “monkey see, monkey do” and now to file Crocodile’s Tears on the thought of “crocodile tears” makes me smile. If you are looking for a read-aloud storytime book that will introduce some African animals and environmental issues while being silly – you’ve found the right book.
This one is quite an educational value on endangered species, with a great glossary in the back too. The pictures are as large as life and great to look at. There is a frame on each page, and the image goes beyond and it really pops out. I think this one will be great to come back to again and again, especially to encourage drawing and writing their own story. With the font chosen, the book comes alive as if it were hand written, and I love that.