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Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-18 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0060284862
LANGUAGE:English

" A lovely, well-thought-out presentation. Unfortunately, the I Can Read edition has none of its good qualities. " said.

" What a cute story that illustrates even though we are different, we are still family! Great moral and fun characters the kids will connect with. " said.

" This story has a great moral. It teaches students about differences and similarities. Although it is irresponsible in representing the human species with varying animal species, it still has the moral of inclusion that's valuable for kids to learn at a young age. " said.

" Hen convinces Crocodile not to eat her by calling him brother. Crocodile is confused because he and Hen have nothing in common. Then he talks to Lizard who reminds him that they all lay eggs and therefore are all brothers and sisters. " said.

" Based on a folktale from the Bakongo people of the Republic of the Congo, this book is "An I Can Read Book" for beginner readers. Cartoon-like drawings, repetitious text, and a humorous story make this book appealing to young children. " said.

" Each time Crocodile tries to eat Hen, Hen calmly says, "My brother, don't eat me," and looks away. Crocodile knows he CAN eat hen, but if they are brother and sister, SHOULD he? This folktale from The Republic of the Congo is a gentle humorous animal tale in the repeating style of many folktales, and is perfect for beginning readers. I appreciate the author's note honoring the tale's origins. " said.

" I like the pictures and the basic message of the book. As with many folktales, there is repetition. But the repetition in this book has so little variety that one wonders if there was an error. I'm not sure if that is the way folktales from Bankongo are, or if that is just how the translator decided to do it. Even so, it is a fun tale and the pictures do help break up the monotony. The best part of the book is seeing a crocodile shrug. " said.

"This lighthearted tale of a smart hen who convinces a crocodile not to eat her, will delight readers. The hen repetitively says a phrase to the crocodile that makes him hesitant to eat her. He then goes to ask a friend what the hen’s words mean. Eventually, the crocodile and the hen become friends when the crocodile realizes that they have things in common.
The words and illustrations in this story go very well together. The illustrations feature friendly looking animals appropriate for any children’s book. The character’s facial expressions capture the humor of several situations in the story.
This book is a great introduction to folktales for children. This book is written using vocabulary that young children understand and simplistic words that preschoolers can start to identify by site. This book is best used for a one-on-one reading situation as opposed to a storytime.
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