The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone {Review}

The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone {Review}

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The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone {Review}The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India by Paul Galdone

Illustrator: Paul Galdone
Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon
ISBN: 0899195245
Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Animals
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 21st 1987
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased at ThriftBooks
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Twice the clever little monkey foils the attempts of the crocodile to capture him.


During the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Second Grade one of the read aloud book choices is The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone. Discussion questions and enrichment materials for this book are included in the Memoria Press Enrichment Guide for Second Grade. I love the Memoria Press Enrichment Guides!! They make a great mini unit study. Week four is on this vintage picture book and other recommended reads include Let’s Read and Find Out In the Rainforest, Amazing Animals: Monkeys, The Cat in the Hat Learning Library: Safari, So Good! We also went ahead and watched the Magic School Bus episode on the rainforest, where the kids go on a cocoa pods mystery hunt on disc 6 of the Magic School Bus DVD Collection as well. And, as per currently fascination, my six-year-old daughter AppleBlossom filled me in on all the details about the Magic Tree House book Afternoon on the Amazon and how a mango was the prize object. We need to pull out the non-fiction reader The Magic School Bus Presents the Rainforest as well!

Highlighting Week 4 of @memoriapress 2nd Grade Enrichment. Read aloud book is The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone with the week theme of the rain forest and monkeys. Other great reads too! #paulgaldone #memoriapress2ndgrade #classicaleducation #rainforest #jungle #2ndgrade #science #homeschool from Instagram:


Having the topic of monkeys living in a mango tree and truly enjoying the ripe fruit brought back the story she had read before and it was neat to be able to contrast that experience as we read about the monkey and his not so neighborly friend, the crocodile. We have been reading the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling and thus we are not new to animal morality tales, but it was interesting to talk about the foundation of Jataka Tales from India.

The Monkey and the Crocodile in our copy is an old picture book. Unlike our other Paul Galdone books gracing our shelves, which are all square little hardcover books of folk tales (Three Little Kittens, The Little Red Hen, and so on…) This one is ~ 8×11″ and has seen lots of use from little readers over the last 46 years! It is also available as a paperback, also from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books. I purchased our copy used from a favorite website, (use this <— link for 15% off your first order!).

Creative Madness Mama reviews the vintage children's book The Monkey and the Crocodile #classicaleducation @memoriapress

We have gone on to talk about preparation and what we would do if a crocodile was trying to eat us…

What would you do?

About Paul Galdone

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.