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Crictor (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – July 14, 1983

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From the Back Cover

Crictor the boa constrictor lives with Madame Bodot. He is a very helpful pet-especially when there are burglars in the neighborhood.

About the Author

TOMI UNGERER, winner of the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration for his lifetime contributions to children's literature, has created over 70 books for children. He was born in Strasbourg, Alsace, in France in 1931. After many years in America, he now lives in Ireland and Strasbourg.

TOMI UNGERER, winner of the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration for his lifetime contributions to children's literature, has created over 70 books for children. He was born in Strasbourg, Alsace, in France in 1931. After many years in America, he now lives in Ireland and Strasbourg.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (July 14, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064430448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064430449
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 10, 2003
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Oh, I LOVE this book! It is from the 50's, and SO well written! Instead of dumbing children down, it uses words that are more sophisticated. The story is hilarious! It uses pen and ink type drawings, which brought back so many pleasant memories! As a child, I didn't remember the story too well, but the pictures stayed in my mind, particularly the one of Crictor in what looks like a 10-foot long bed and wearing a 10-foot long armless sweater!!
This elderly lady receives a gift of a snake from her son in Africa. She is a teacher and brings Crictor to school, where he becomes a jump rope and slide for the kids. He also forms letters and numbers. He captures a burglar and the locals name a park after him!
One of my favorite books of all time!
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This was one of my favorite books growing up--I must have checked it out of the school library a dozen times. It's the adorable story of an old French woman who relies on a friendly boa to see her around Paris. Not only does it teach children not to judge other people -- or reptiles -- but the charming illustrations offer fun glimpses into the city of Paris. If you loved Madeline, you'll love this book. Buy one copy for your kids and one for yourself!
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As a kindergarten teacher, I just love to read this book to my students.

As a lifelong reader and lover of books, I just love this book. Reading it brings back my childhood. The illustrations are just beautiful and the story is pure fun.

I am so happy to see that books like these are still out and avaiable to purchase. We need books like these for the next generation.
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Loved it as a child myself and now love reading it to my own. Wonderful illustrations and delightful story by Tomi Ungerer ( just one of his many classic children's books) make this a great addition to any child's library.
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I absolutely love this book, and so does my daughter. I have read this book so many times, that it is held together with tape. We started reading this when my daughter was around 18 months old, and it continues to delight now that she is 3. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and there is so much detail to talk about while reading. I think my daughter learned the concept of counting at an early age, in part due to this book. On a side note, we still use the phrase "growing longer and longer and stronger and stronger" when we talk about eating good nutritious food - this is the perfect way to describe to a little girl how good food will help her grow, without using words with negative connotations such as "bigger" or "fatter"
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Do you ever like a book 'just because'? I can't make a comment on the witty prose or beautiful artwork to back up my heartfelt, "I like it" but I will try. It is an endearing tale about a snake. The storyline is nonsensical and fun--totally entertaining. The pen and ink drawings with lots of green coloring like the beloved title character are a perfect compliment to the story.

If you want to go educational get out the maps and locate the 2 places that are mentioned in the story -- France & Africa. A sense of right & wrong alongside good character always strikes a chord with parents so Crictor is right on there. Whether an adult is reading aloud or an elementary student is reading independently, this book is sure to please.

All things considered, I just like it. :-)
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My niece was having difficulty sounding out words. I began tutoring her a few months ago and had to start with basic sounds for letters because her teacher was not providing that instruction for her. I ordered Crictor as a means of reviewing sounds and rhyming words. She absolutely loves this book and has done exceptionally well in learning the sounds, sounding out the words, and remembering the words the next time they are encountered. Three thumbs up for Crictor the boa constrictor!
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This was my wife’s all-time favorite book growing up and she is now in her 50’s!

She read it to my daughter’s at an early age and it soon became their all-time favorite book growing up. Since they all have never stopped talking about this book all of these years I decided to buy them all a copy of the book for their libraries.

The thing to watch was how jubilant they were to get the book and how they immediately all read it together again like they were working on some type of college thesis.

I would recommend you read the book it is great for children and adults also. I have also now read the book and it is great!
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