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The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India (Paul Galdone Classics) Paperback – September 21, 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Jataka tales are stories of previous births of the Buddha i.e. similar to the more complex avadanas that are translated from the Sanskrit or Tibetan traditions. While the children's books of them are fun and well worth reading, at some point reading a more comprehensive selection should be on the agenda. This book is just a fun introduction for a young child.
Christian, 8 years old
Used this story in school when I taught and then bought it for my grandchild to enjoy.
When a crafty crocodile sets his sights on a tasty monkey in the trees, he tries a variety of methods to eat the furry primate. Each time, however, the cheeky monkey finds a way to get around being eaten. In the end, the crocodile admits defeat. "Monkey, I thought I was cunning, but you are much more cunning than I. And you know no fear. I will leave you alone after this". The monkey accepts the crocodile's compliment but makes it quite clear that he will be watching out for the crocodile anyway. The story, being a classic, is good. Unfortunately, Paul Galdone's illustrations do not live up to the tale. Though the crocodiles are particularly fun to look at, the monkeys are not very well drawn. You can feel a threat emanating from the pictures of the slick green reptiles, whereas the monkeys are rather cartoonish and sloppily illustrated. While a good story, a better illustrator could take this tale to an entirely different level. On the whole, it's a pity the book hasn't better pictures. But for an excellent collection of mean looking crocs, go no further than this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I took a chance on this book and my 5 year old loved it! It's nice to have something different than Dr. Seuss books (which we love) in the collection.Published 8 months ago by GM
Purchased to read to a second grade class. They were so caught up in the story, I asked their teacher if they needed coffee. Great story.Published 18 months ago by Kevin
Charming story with great illustrations. My kids love it and play monkey and crocodile all the time!Published 21 months ago by Maggie Vandenberg