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Twice the clever little monkey foils the attempts of the crocodile to capture him....

Title : The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India
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ISBN : 9780395288061
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India Reviews

  • Anna
    2018-11-14 05:54

    Paul Galdone's trickster tales are exceptional, and this is no exception.

  • Margaret Chind
    2018-11-18 02:19

    Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.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.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 ~ 8x11" 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 the link on Creative Madness Mama for 15% off your first order!).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?This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.

  • Laurie Trout
    2018-12-08 02:21

    RL 3.5Lexile: 625Fountas & Pinnell: OIn this tale the young crocodile is sure he is smarter than the monkey. He would really like to eat the monkey, but since the monkey does not go in the water, the crocodile has to make a plan. He studies the monkey's habits and comes up with a plan. The rest of the story is about who is more cunning, the monkey or the crocodile. Classroom Use: Studying: The crocodile knew what he wanted but had to study the monkey's habits for days to come up with a plan.Writing Traits:Conventions: The use of quotation marks is throughout this tale. It is particularly helpful for students to see that thinking to oneself is also talking.Ideas: The crocodile is sure he is the most cunning animal. He doesn't give up till the end when he realizes that the monkey is even more cunning.Voice: You can almost hear the low voice of the crocodile as you read the story. The illustrations help to show the crocodile's mood throughout the story.

  • Scott Pagel
    2018-12-07 07:05

    I have heard this story told orally but this was the first time I've read it. The first thing I noticed was how colorful the pictures were considering the book was published in 1969. Many books from that time did have color, of course, but many seem washed out to me. These illustrations are more vivid than most from that time and still hold up well today. The monkeys and the crocodiles are slightly cartoonish but accurate - a perfect mix for this story - and the child I read this to mentioned the pictures as a highlight. This book has a great deal of action and mental games that children find attractive. The crocodile has a good plan to capture and eat one of the monkeys for dinner, but the monkey that he chose proves to be an even more clever adversary. Adults and children will be satisfied by this classic Indian folktale.

  • Jenna Applegate
    2018-11-18 03:00

    The Monkey and the Crocodile is a good fable to teach kids that you don't have to be the biggest and strongest to win. The Crocodile's wife told the crocodile that he had to get the monkey's heart because she wanted to eat it since it was the sweetest in the land. the crocodile told the monkey that he would take the monkey to the other side of the island so that he could try all the other sweet fruits. As the crocodile is swimming over the island he tries to drown the monkey to take his heart. The monkey told the crocodile that he didn't have his heart with him and that it was back up in the tree. The crocodile then took the monkey back to the tree, but the monkey told the crocodile, after he was safe in his tree, that the heart was with him the whole time.

  • Kristy
    2018-11-16 06:54

    I love Paul Galdone books, so I borrowed this from the library for my kids to read. (One of my favorite books EVER is Paul Galdone's Three Little Kittens. There's just something about it.) It's a nice big size with huge illustrations. The story is billed as "A Jakata Tale From India." There is a clever monkey, and a crocodile who wants to eat him...but I won't spoil the story for you.

  • Cara Stone
    2018-12-02 05:20

    A cute and simple, yet valuable, story with expressive illustrations of watercolor and ink. The images really help to propel you forward through the story. The colors are vibrant and the characters expressive and clever, this book would appeal to early-elementary students as well as preschool. Themes: caution, awareness of those around you/their motivations

  • Brennan Wieland
    2018-12-07 04:14

    It seems that the original author of this book remains unknown, while we do know that it came from India. I read several different version also. Some were supposed to be an example of mercy, and others seem to be tales of the crocodile and the monkey matching wits, with the monkey coming out on top. Overall, they were fun reads, although I would like to know which one was the original.

  • Slytano
    2018-11-20 00:10

    I love this book. I like to introduce it by talking about trickery. I've built up to it by talking about being little and asking if the kids have ever had a trick played on them. Anyway, Paul Galdone is one of my favorites and I like anything he does NO MATTER WHAT.Probably this book can be a little scary, and it can test the patience of younger groups or very large groups.

  • Maxwell
    2018-11-13 02:54

    captivating story arc from the delightful Paul Galdone. "What does 'cunning' mean?" was the question tonight. The boys played with cars and wandered over to look at the illustrations during storytime.

  • Emily Garrison
    2018-11-11 02:19

    What a clever monkey and what a tenacious crocodile! A fun read about a monkey that must outsmart a crocodile to get what he wants....a great read! My son loved the pictures and loved counting the animals on the pages.

  • Andrea Wick
    2018-12-11 04:57

    This is the story of a monkey and a crocodile. The crocodile is trying to catch the monkey but never does. This story could be used to teach honesty and how different animals live and their strengths and weakness.

  • jenna nims
    2018-12-02 07:21

    fun fable

  • Trenya
    2018-12-02 06:58

    I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are great and I loved that the monkey kept outwitting the crocodile.

  • Theresa
    2018-11-13 05:21

    The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from IndiaGaldone, Paullearning about trust and respect

  • Tricia
    2018-11-13 07:00

    monkey doesn't fall for crocodile's tricks. always fun read-alouds, this galdone doesn't disappoint.

  • Jean-Marie
    2018-11-22 06:14

    Reread this one today to complement our ancient India history lesson. The 7 year old LOVED it -- the story and the illustrations.

  • Yasuko
    2018-12-09 06:20

    2013.5.13 1038words

  • Cws
    2018-11-16 06:51


  • MJ
    2018-11-12 01:13

    Alissa roamed around the room while I read these stories.

  • Mckinley
    2018-12-04 02:02

    Clever monkey outwits crocodile. Not particularly well done version.

  • Camille Tesch
    2018-12-05 01:15

    Ages 4-6