Little Croc’s Purse
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Initial thoughts: We were recently sent a selection of books to review by Random House, and by far the favourite in this house is Little Croc’s Purse. For some reason I haven’t quite fathomed, most kids seem to love crocodiles. It’s odd, because they’re hardly the friendliest of creatures. However, this is the story of a friendly crocodile who finds a lost purse.
We liked: I really like finding stories that are about morality, but which aren’t preachy or dull. And this is a great example – what should Little Croc do with the purse that he finds? There are lots of things that Little Croc (and his friends) would like to buy with the money, but what’s the right thing to do?
It’s cute, humorous and I love that it sparks conversations about things like honesty, generosity and doing the right thing by your friends. And, of course, when Little Croc does the right thing and returns the purse, his honesty is rewarded and he gets to splash out on lemonade and new boots – and even puts a little something away in his savings. (I struggle to relate to the last part of this story, frankly, but it’s a nice effort by the author).
We weren’t keen: Can’t think of anything we didn’t like. It’s nicely illustrated, perfectly pitched at 3-5 year olds, and we’re fans.
Overall: Little Croc’s Purse is a gorgeous little book that explores the issues of honesty and generosity in a fun, cute way. The illustrations are lovely, and Flea still regularly asks to read this story a couple of months after it first came into the house.
[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]