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Every morning a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: `Stay away from my river! It's MY river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' The animals in the forest don't know what to do. They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water. Until one day the creatures are woken by a loudEvery morning a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: `Stay away from my river! It's MY river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' The animals in the forest don't know what to do. They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water. Until one day the creatures are woken by a loud groaning sound which turns out to be the selfish crocodile in a lot of pain, and the smallest of them all, a little mouse, finds a way to solve their snappy dilemma! Astoundingly bright, bold illustrations bring to life all the wonderful creatures of the forest in a rainbow of colours. The Author: Faustin Charles is a renowned poet and story-teller. His collection of Afro-Caribbean rhymes was published to great success by Puffin. This is his first picture book text. Bloomsbury Children's Books are also publishing his first poetry collection in October 1998, establishing Faustin as a Bloomsbury author across the board. Faustin spends much time in schools and libraries story-telling, and is also Library Buyer for Enfield. He lives in North London. The Illustrator: Mike Terry is most well-known for his wonderful cover illustrations for Dick King-Smith, including The Hodgeheg and The Sheep-Pig (the basis for the successful film Babe). This is his first picture book. Mike lives in Hythe, Kent....

Title : The Selfish Crocodile
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ISBN : 9780747541936
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Selfish Crocodile Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-06 22:52

    This story is not exactly original, about a mouse that helps a crocodile with a bad tooth, but the pictures were engaging and colorful. My littlest one loved this book, particularly the final page with all of the animals swimming around in the water.

  • Shazia Hassan
    2019-02-14 04:02

    This is an excellent book with colourful pictures and good size font writing. This book also comes with a CD and is great for guided reading or free flow activity in EYFS/KS1/KS2 years. This book is about a selfish crocodile who would not let anyone drink from or swim in the river and said that it was 'his river', all the animals feared him. However, one day the crocodile was in lots of pain due to a bad tooth and no one helped him because they were so scared from him. But a little mouse was brave and went inside the mouth of the crocodile and took out his bad tooth and the crocodile was no longer in pain. The crocodile realised how mean he was being to all the animals and felt bad so he decided to become friends with all the animals. He thanked the mouse and allowed all the animals to drink from and swim in the river whenever they liked. The story is a very pleasant and engaging story since it has colouful pictures and diologues children could say in different voices according to the animal saying it which makes it an interactive book. The moral of the story is that it is not nice to be selfish or mean to anyone and that it is very important to share which is something that children could be taught through this story book. I really enjoyed the story since it is simple yet has a great impact on children by showing through the story how a selfish crocodile changed into a friendly crocodile which is something that can be used when dealing with issues, such as, bullying.This book is good for whole class, book corner and guided reading sessions. The pictures and writing makes this book suitable for Reception to Year 3/4 children. The CD makes the book suitable for children with SEN and EAL since they might have difficulty reading the words hence, they can listen to the story and look at the pictures.

  • Sophie Mc
    2019-01-20 22:49

    'The Selfish Crocodile' by Faustin Charles is a great read for those children studying the EYFS. The story tells of a scary crocodile who rules the river and he has every other animal fearing him. As the story develops we find that the crocodile falls into trouble; he has serious toothache! The story is a great read to use to reaffirm the learning of habitats and animals as the book displays a wide variety of different animals. The book focuses on 'not judging a book by its' cover' and this is a really important message for children to learn, therefore it is a great book to use with relation to circle time and Science. The illustrations are bright and bold and really keep the children focused in on the story, especially as they hunt for all of the different animals on the page! A lovely book to share with little ones.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-29 04:55

    This story is about a crocodile who is behaving selfishly. He doesn’t want to share HIS river with the other animals but soon realises the error of his ways. I enjoyed reading this book. I thought the story was great and I loved the illustrations in it, they are well drawn and amusing at times so I can see it engaging a child’s attention. As there’s an assortment of animals drawn, this book could be used to teach about different types of wildlife. It could also be used to emphasise the importance of being kind to one another. With the simple language and large text I would introduce this book to read to a class of year 2 children and year 3 for independent reading depending on ability.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-12 23:48

    All the animals in the forest were banished from the river by the selfish crocodile. He told the animals it was his river and threatened that any animal who entered will be eaten. Then one day the crocodile was in need of a helping hand. He cried out in pain with toothache. A daring mouse darted into his mouth and pulled out the troublesome tooth. From that day on, the crocodile changed his ways, he welcomed all his new friends to join him in the river. This book is suitable for KS1 and KS2 at storytime or independant reading. This story teaches children the importance of sharing or to initiate a discussion about bullying. I would happily use this book as a resource in my classroom.

  • Mamoon Razaq
    2019-01-29 02:06

    This book is about a crocodile that does not let other animals in the water. If other animals do go in the lake he eats them up.However when the crocodile gets a terrible pain in his mouth, none of the animals go and help him as they are scared but the mouse goes inside his mouth and takes his bad tooth out. The crocodile pain is gone after that and he lets the mouse and all the other animals come and play in the water with him.The book teaches children how not to be selfish and to share things. It has lots of big pictures and I would recommend this book for early years specifically for nursery and reception children.

  • Eileen Carter
    2019-02-17 02:54

    What a wonderful story to teach children how to be toward others. Being mean and bullying is not the way to be. We should share and be friends with others, helping them as needed. The illustrations are so bright and cheerful everyone will enjoy looking at them as they read the book.

  • Dawn Laws
    2019-02-13 05:10

    This book is about a selfish crocodile that doesn't want to share his water, everyone leaves, then he needs help with a bad tooth and a mouse helps him by pulling it out. He then shares the pond with all the animals.I rated this book 5/5 because it teaches to be nice and not selfish.

  • Kiana Gerard
    2019-02-05 05:07

    The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles is a great book full of morals about not being selfish and helping others. The story introduces a crocodile who will not let the others bathe and drink in his river. His selfishness kept animals and close friendships away. When something bad happens to the crocodile, only one person helps to save him and friendships are made. I loved how that Charles brings puts together rich texts and vivid imagery to create one kid-friendly book. As I discovered this book, the horizontal shape of the book seemed to fit into kid's hands. The dedication goes out to Charles' son, M.T. When the story begins, the scene is rather messy. The overall tone on the first page is angry. The text is bolded and capitalized every time a character's voice is angry or really loud. The overall text is limited to three sentences and very small black type writing. The illustrator, Michael Terry, uses bright natural colors like green, blue, and yellow. This bright imagery catches the reader's eye and helps keep them focused on the subject. The plot is a chronological setting. The crocodile finds himself with a very serious problem and an unlikely friend come to help. There is a moral at the end of the story to not be selfish and self centered. I think this book is great for children of all ages. It teaches children to not be selfish, help others, and to make good friends. I have never heard of Faustin Charles, but his writing is very rich and full of details that even a small child could understand. The overall teamwork of the author and the illustrator really portrayed a great result. The illustrations were on point with the imagery in the text. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and a positive ending.

  • Elma Branigan
    2019-02-21 03:52

    “The Selfish Crocodile” by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry.This book has some of the most wonderful illustrations throughout. For both adult and child, this book is so colourful and has a feel good factor about it.The story is based on a selfish crocodile who won’t allow any of the other animals to drink in the river, that he calls “my river”. Every day, all of the forest creatures have to walk for miles to get water to drink. Until one day, the crocodile gets a terrible toothache. All of the animals are too scared to go and help the crocodile except for a mouse who goes inside his mouth and takes his bad tooth out. The crocodiles pain is gone and then he realises its time to let the other animals into the river. They all become best friends after that. The moral of this story is to encourage children not to be selfish. It would be ideal to use in a classroom discussion about bullying, sharing and being selfish. It is a prime example in showing children how they should treat others, the way they would like to be treated. The dialogue between the animals in this book is excellent and gives children the chance to have a lot of fun doing the voice sounds to match each of the characters. This is a great book to share with small children.

  • Lucy
    2019-02-11 05:49

    The selfish crocodile was about a crocodile that wouldn't share the water hole with all the other animals. That is until one day they could hear an animal cry, it was the crocodile and he was in pain. None of the animals rushed to help, instead, they didn't want to approach him. Then a brave little mouse came to help the crocodile and realised it was his tooth giving him pain, and helped pull the rotten tooth out. After that, the crocodile soon understood that helping and sharing with others is a nice thing to do, also, this was a way to make new friends.The moral of the story is to share and be kind to others as you would like them to treat you.I used this book previously with a small group of deaf children for their British sign language story time. I got the children to look at the cover and explain what they thought might happen and what they thought the word selfish meant. This book was very visual for them and they thoroughly enjoyed looking at the pictures and telling me about what they could see. This book is aimed at key stage 1 but can be used in key stage 2.

  • Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
    2019-02-02 04:57

    The Selfish CrocodileBy Faustin CharlesIllustrations By Michael TerryGrade Levels: K-2DRA/Lexile Measure/GLE: 580L/2.8Reviewed By Aaron CarterThis is an excellent choice for teaching about the importance of sharing and helping one another. Early on, the unfriendly crocodile claimed the river as its own, and thus prevented the other creatures from using it; however, that all changed when the crocodile got a toothache. Whereas most of the animals refused to help the crocodile, a courageous mouse ventured into its mouth to remove the affected tooth. After that point, the crocodile invited the mouse and all the other animals to drink and bathe in the river. No longer did it claim the river as its own. Overall, the sentences are simple in structure, and the varying communication between the animals enables the reader to practice fluency (i.e. expression). This would be a perfect read aloud.

  • Shelley
    2019-02-17 06:12

    The selfish crocodile was very selfish. He believed that the river he bathed in was his river and therefore nobody else was allowed in the river - not even a fish. The poor animals had to walk for miles just to bathe or drink water. The animals did not like the selfish crocodile and were terrified of him. However, things were about to change. The animals heard a groaning one day and discovered that the crocodile was in pain. After being helped, the selfish crocodile realised he was not very nice and changed his ways so that all of the animals got along together. This simple story would be nice for the end of the say story. It would also be another good book to use in an early year setting to discuss moral values and how somebody should behave. I would have this in the classroom's book box as i think children would enjoy it. The pictures are very colourful, creating a visual for the children. This book would be appropriate for children aged four and upwards.

  • Slayermel
    2019-02-07 04:12

    This is another one of my favourite stories that I could read over and over again. This story is about a very selfish Crocodile who does not want any of the other animals to bath or drink from his river. Until One day all the animals heard a horrible sound in the Jungle, it sounded like someone was in terrible pain. It turned out to be the crocodile. None of the animals wanted to go close and help him, except for a little mouse who runs up the stomach of the crocodile and goes into his mouth to see what was causing the crocodile so much pain. The mouse comes back out with the crocodiles broken tooth slung over his shoulder.The crocodile thanks the mouse for helping him and in turn lets all the animals come and bath and drink from the river.It's a very nice story giving the message of helping each other and treating people nice as you may need their help one day.

  • Jade
    2019-01-25 04:49

    A brilliant story, very well written with good use of adjectives throughout the book. There is also a wide range of vocabulary an good words to introduce to children to encourage them to use them in their own story writing. There is a good use of dialogue throughout the book which creates the opportunity to adopt voices for characters. The illustrations are fantastic, particularly the expressions of the animals! The story could be used to promote a class discussion around the moral of the story and how being selfish is not good as one day you may need help from others.

  • Katy Mcnab
    2019-01-23 05:57

    Although not a truly original story, 'The Selfish Crocodile' very well illustrates moral dilemmas relevant in the classroom setting. It has brought about some wonderful discussions with my nursery class about kindness and sharing, and even bravery. The children love the illustrations and enjoy to predict what might happen next. We even managed a circle time about brushing our teeth one day when a child inquisitively asked why the crocodile had toothache! Lots of lovely themes and ideas to be explored...

  • Becky B
    2019-01-30 06:01

    In a new spin on an old tale, a mouse helps out a crocodile in pain. And not just any crocodile, the notoriously selfish and grumpy crocodile who had scared everyone away from the river. But the mouse's kindness makes the crocodile change his ways and everyone benefits from the kindness.A cute folktale about being kind, even to those who have been grouchy and unkind in the past. The bright and colorful illustrations should be attractive to kids, along with the "danger" aspect of the story.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-23 05:54

    This book has bright and colorful illustrations. The setting is a jungle with animals like monkeys, hippos, and giraffes. The main character, the crocodile, is mean and tells the other animals to stay away from his river. Then one day the crocodile is in pain and the other animals are reluctant to help because hes so mean. But a tiny little mouth crawls right in and extracts the paining tooth. After that the crocodile befriended the mouse and allowed the other animals in the river.

  • The Brothers
    2019-02-05 04:57

    Asher didn't really like this book because at the beginning the illustrations show the crocodile angrily yelling at the other forest creatures to stay away from his river. The story is cute though - very mouse-pulling-thorn-out-of-lion-paw.Great illustrations.

  • Christopher Skelskey
    2019-02-03 03:56

    Great illustrations, good message to young kids about sharing and treating others nicely. The students were able to get the message easily.

  • Siobhan O' Sullivan
    2019-02-02 22:56

    lovely story with a great moral

  • Andrew Perry
    2019-01-27 03:49

    This book would be great to read when discussing sharing or bullying. The selfish crocodile provides a perfect example of what happens when you do not treat others how you would want to be treated.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-19 02:03

    Very cute, and teaches about being selfish and friendship.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-16 04:43

    Such a lovely book for key stage one and maybe lower key stage 2 ! Nice illustrations.

  • Cora
    2019-02-09 01:52


  • Nagham
    2019-01-27 01:08

    My son loves this story.

  • Jen Healey
    2019-02-21 03:07

    Read this to my daughter at bedtime, along with a few others, it was not great. I am very pleased that it was a library book and I won't have to read it many more times.

  • Huda
    2019-02-13 05:47

    ther's something silly about it

  • Angela
    2019-02-07 06:13

    Great book to teach kids about sharing and getting along. Very appropriate for preschool and kindergarten.

  • Nojood Alsudairi
    2019-02-06 03:08

    The plot is too predictable.