The Resource Crocodile beat, written by Gail Jorgensen ; illustrated by Patricia Mullins

Crocodile beat, written by Gail Jorgensen ; illustrated by Patricia Mullins

Label
Crocodile beat
Title
Crocodile beat
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written by Gail Jorgensen ; illustrated by Patricia Mullins
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Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lying in wait in the water, Crocodile hears a multitude of animal sounds and plans on having a tasty dinner, but he is bested by Lion
Title
Crocodile beat
Creator
Contributor
Summary
Lying in wait in the water, Crocodile hears a multitude of animal sounds and plans on having a tasty dinner, but he is bested by Lion
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Genre
Review
  • PreS-Gr 1-- The first verse sets the scene for this simple, original animal tale told in syncopated couplets, followed by a line of rhythmic animal sounds: "Down by the river in the heat of the day/ the crocodile sleeps and awaits his prey./ Zzzzzz Zzzzzz Zzzzzz Zzzzzz." While the crocodile naps, a spirited troop of King Lion's animal friends come to dance at the river's edge. They wake up Croc and, with appetite aroused, he is just about to devour Lion's helpless subjects when the crafty King substitutes his bright red throne for Croc's intended midday meal. Backgrounds of pure white or broad bands of color set off the strikingly textured tissue collages which glow with stained-glass translucency. The lively naturalistic portrayal of elephants, monkeys, bear, etc. is well suited to the bold graphic layouts of the full-color double-page spreads. In spite of the fact that one or two of the rhymes are ill-chosen, as if inspired by a rhyming dictionary, overall the text is straightforward and clear. A potentially successful read-aloud, the story requires a reader who can get into the jazzlike beat of the strongly rhythmic verses. The animal sound effects offer a chance for story-hour listeners to join in the telling of the tale. Because the book's strongest element is its illustration, very young children undoubtedly will delight in naming the familiar animals appealingly pictured on its pages. --Carey Ayres, Port Washington Public Library, NY
  • Down by the river in the heat of the day/the crocodile sleeps and awaits his prey": here, an eclectic group of animals including ducks, elephants, a flamingo, and a lion-king complete with a crown and a throne. But, fierce as the crocodile is, the lion is ready for him, cramming his throne feet first into the croc's jaws and thus preserving his subjects. The rhythmic text has a pleasant, contagious beat. Mullins' brightly colored torn-paper collages, employing translucent materials and a variety of skillfully devised textures, are full of fun and high spirits; the many-toothed crocodile is especially splendid. Generous size makes this appropriate for large group sharing; subtle details reward closer study. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 1989)
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111143
Cataloging source
EAS
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
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470
Literary form
non fiction
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  • -1
  • 1
Target audience
primary
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written by Gail Jorgensen ; illustrated by Patricia Mullins
Label
Crocodile beat, written by Gail Jorgensen ; illustrated by Patricia Mullins
Publication
Control code
32144645
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
32 p.
Isbn
9780689718816
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)32144645

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