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Where's my mommy?
Brown, Jo, 1964-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
When Little Crocodile emerges from his shell, he goes in search of his mommy.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 56881.
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Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Newly hatched Little Crocodile doesn't know his mommy. So, he begins a quest through the jungle to find her. First he encounters a monkey and asks, "Are you my mommy?" But Little Crocodile can't do the things a monkey can, so he keeps walking on. He then asks an elephant. But Little Crocodile can't do the things an elephant can do either. Finally after meeting other animals of the jungle, he comes across Zebra who offers to help him in his search. Zebra carries Little Crocodile to the river where he discovers that he can splash in the water just like all the other crocodiles do! But best of all he can "Snap!" just like his Mommy!

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Brown makes her debut with a variation of Are You My Mother?, but her newly hatched crocodile protagonist finds the world to be a considerably more benevolent place than did P.D. Eastman's baby bird. In fact, the penultimate animal he encounters, a zebra, offers not only words of comfort but also a piggyback ride to the river, where the crocodile reunites with his mother: "Where have you been?" she asks, "Oh, just making friends," replies her son. The slackness of the narrative places the burden of the storytelling on Brown's visuals; fortunately, she is up to the challenge. Her chunky, naf-styled animals look like they've been assembled from a toy-box of geometric shapes, and they invite the reader into the pages with their free-wheeling body language: a blue monkey hangs from tendril-like limbs, a plump tiger lolls in the sun. And even though Brown's crocodile is, by comparison, an essentially static, reactive figure, she gets plenty of comic mileage out of his bright, open eyes and his striking resemblance to a serrated slice of honeydew melon. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-"Are you my mommy?" a newly hatched crocodile naively asks a monkey, then an elephant, a tiger, and, finally, a zebra. In turn, each animal clearly illustrates the impossibility by example. The tiger asks, "Well, can you roll around in the grass like me?" And though Little Crocodile tries, he just keeps getting stuck upside down. And when encouraged to chatter like the monkey, trumpet like the elephant, or bray like the donkey, Little Crocodile is only able to "snap." Finally discovering his fellow snapping crocodiles and, ultimately, his mother, the young reptile happily joins them. The text of this new variation on the classic theme behind P. D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? (Beginner, 1960) and Keiko Kasza's A Mother for Choco (Putnam, 1992) is less polished, yet Brown's illustrations will draw preschool audiences into the story. The bold and colorful, if slightly flat, animals are appealing and lively as they swing, kick, and cavort across the pages. Children will be further engaged by the repetitive pattern of the language that lends itself to reading aloud. Although not highly original, this title will be a popular addition to heavily used picture-book collections.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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