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Counting Crocodiles
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17. Counting Crocodiles (Harcourt, 1997)
Judy Sierra & Will Hillenbrand
(Preschool-Grade 3)

In this rhymed retelling of a traditional Asian tale, a clever monkey uses her ability to count to outwit the hungry crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea.

“Sierra composes spry limericks and couplets, while Hillenbrand creates a printmaking effect with inky black outlines and repeat images; re-readers will find witty subtleties in the already uproarious mixed-media paintings.  Working with traditional materials, author and artist arrive at an altogether fresh presentation.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“The full-page spreads carry well for group sharing, while the rhyming verse incorporates rhythm changes in the most delectable manner, creating a book that is meant to be read aloud.”

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