Monday, July 30, 2012

THE COPY CROCS by David Bedford, illustrated by Emily Bolam


Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
AR Quiz No. 86530 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.0 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Crocodile has lived in the same pond his whole life.  But now his pond has become so crowded.  Every time he moves either he bumps into someone or someone bumps into him.  So he decides to find a new place to live.  Crocodile moves first to a mud hole, then a river, then a mountain top. But everyone keeps following and copying what he is doing.  "Why do you keep copying me?" Crocodile shouts.  "Because you always think of the fun things to do," one of his friends replies.

In the middle of the night he sneaks away and goes back to his pond, where it's nice and quiet.  And big.  And lonely.  Crocodile finds that he doesn't like being alone ALL the time.  Suddenly, "SURPRISE!"  All of his crocodile friends come jumping into the pond, laughing and playing.  Crocodile discovers that while he likes to be alone some of the time, he also doesn't mind sharing his pond with others too.

"MOM! Joey's copying me and he won't stop!!"  How often do you hear this complaint?

Crocodile's story lets children know that when someone copies what they are doing it's because they think it's cool. You can also let them know that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that all things, when all is said and done, are copied. Someone rode the first horse, built the first house, made the first telephone, and the first video game.

Copy Crocs also shows children the value of friendship but also lets them know that everyone needs some alone time now and then.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Copy Crocs can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/d9aufkg and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


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