The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino

crocodile who didn't like water

The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
Gemma Merino
4 Stars

A family of crocodiles played together in the water…except for one little crocodile. There was one who didn’t like water at all. He wanted to play with the rest of the family, but they liked playing in the water and he just didn’t enjoy being wet. Eventually the little crocodile bought a swim ring so he could stay floating while swimming. But even with a swimming ring it was hard to play with the rest of the family as they dove and splashed about. Eventually the crocodile decided to try swimming without the swim ring one last time…but he really didn’t like that. But then…something happened and the little crocodile realized that perhaps he wasn’t really made for swimming…and that just might be okay after all.

This is a great book! Seriously. I really liked this one. I loved how I had no idea where the story was going until I got there. I liked how the little crocodile kept trying to figure out ways to be with his family and to swim with them (since that is the one thing that they really, really like to do). I love how the illustrations are all greens and blues (for the crocodiles and the water) with just a few splashes of red (like the swim ring). And once I was finished reading the book I even loved the fun endpages and how they give a little extra tidbits for the story. All in all this is a fun book that I think would be really fun to read at story time. I would be interested to see what all the young kiddos think about this young crocodile and his aversion to water.

What to do after reading this book:
Go swimming.
Go on a hot air balloon ride.
Draw a picture of a crocodile.
Draw a picture of a dragon.
Talk about eggs and how they hatch.
See if you can watch some eggs hatch (like some baby chicks in an incubator).
Talk about the things that you like and don’t like to do.
Talk about things your family likes and doesn’t like to do.

North South, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7358-4163-5
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool

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