This story is adorable and gives an excellent message! A crocodile egg ends up with a family of birds, but they still accept him as their own. It gives me major Tarzan feels as he didn't belong in the jungle too. This story gives a message of how family doesn't just have to be the people who look just like you, but it can be the people who take care of you and love you no matter how different you are.
This was cute. My kid loved it! We read it together before bed. He liked the characters and the graphics.
Animals are a great way to address adoption for young kids. In this book, we see other animals constantly question the family, trying to understand why they love a crocodile. The repetitive answer reinforces the message: love is love and requires no explanation. Perhaps a bit over-sweet but easy for a kid to understand.
This is a super cute story, one in which a bird family takes home an egg, and what do you know, the egg hatches... and out pops the brightest green baby crocodile, and they name him croccy. The bird family takes little croccy everywhere, loving him, nourishing him, playing with him, and generally having a grand old time with him. However, the other bush animals are all very curious as to why a bird family would want a crocodile around? So they guess, and guess, and guess, as to why the family continues to keep him. Is it because he's beautiful, or strong, or helpful... nope, nope, nope, none of those reasons are right! So finally, they decide to simply ask the bird family, and the answer is so perfect, because he belongs with us, and that's that.
This is a wonderful story for children about no matter how different you are, you still truly belong.
I highly recommend it to all parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves to read to children.
Thank you to Netgalley and Fox Chapel Publishing for this ARC,
The review and opinions are solely my own.
This story is absolutely heartwarming! The illustrations are a beautiful addition to the story. I’m an adult in my thirties, and this story had me laughing and crying within a few lines. Kitty Black created such a beautiful children’s book! *chef’s kiss*
I absolutely adored this gentle children's tale about adoption and differences. The message that a family can be made in different ways is a beautiful one. The illustrations fit it well.
Kitty Black, the author of “A crocodile in the family” has presented a very touching concept of love and family. In this age of materialism, it is very essential to teach children the unconditional love between the family members. This story, by all means, has successfully portrayed this inexplicable emotion by using birds and the crocodile harmoniously.
A bird family finds an egg, takes it home and lets it hatch. Turns out it’s a crocodile, but instead of turning him away, they keep him, and he is family. All the other animals in the bush may wonder why, but the family has no need to wonder, Croc is family and he belongs. This is a wonderful allegory of an adoption story. It shows that belonging is all that matters. Someone isn’t “kept” because they are useful or fun. They are kept because they are family and they belong. The message of this book is absolutely wonderful and the bright colorful graphics help bring up the funny and make this book truly a joy to read.
This book was absolutely adorable! It’s about a family of birds who finds an egg, and it turns out to be a crocodile inside said egg. A book I would definitely recommend to children. The illustrations were so beautifully made, and the text had such a moving direction; the ending made me tear up.
We LOVED this book! Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated! The story is powerfully packed with a message of love and acceptance no matter what. When questioned as to why the family would keep the crocodile they never failed in their answer saying that he belonged. He ( the crocodile) was loved and accepted no matter what!
I loved this book! The illustrations were fantastic and the story was sweet and meaningful. My grandson will love it, sure to become a classic!
The family of birds were in the woods when they found an egg. No one was around so they took it with them when they went home. But they were in for a surprise.
Happy Fox Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published November 23rd.
When the egg cracks they have a baby crocodile in their nest. No one panicked. They just treated him as a member of the family. All the other animals were looking for a reason to keep him, but each time they pointed out how good he was with them, they were told that was not the reason.
Can you guess what the reason was?
My children and I really enjoyed this story! It’s a beautifully illustrated tale about what it means to be part of a family, even if you don’t all look the same. This would be a great story for blended families, foster families, adoptive families, and anyone who wants to show their little ones that families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
A crocodile is hardly the companion you'd think of as someone who might be kind to birds. I think a better subject could have been chosen, but if you're willing to let that slide, then this was a fun book nicely and amusingly illustrated by Daron Parton and well-written by Kitty Black.
The birds find a stray egg and naturally take it home with them to raise the chick as their own, but it's all a croc! The chick isn't all the egg is cracked up to be! It's green with a large jaw and some dangerous claws, and you might think that bites, but this is Australia where they have bites for breakfast. And we certainly shouldn't expect everyone else to be just like us - in fact that's the whole point of the story!
Croccy grows large and enjoys dancing and wearing colorful sweaters, and he always helps people crossing the river. The family is often asked if one or another of these various aspects of his personality are the reason why they keep him, but the answer is always no. I fully expected the answer at the end to be "Because we love him" but it isn't! Now you'll have to read it to find out what that answer is!
As an adoptive parent I am very picky about messages about adoption we share with out kiddos. I appreciate the intention behind this story. I think it would be a good gift for a family that's is adopting via Foster care. The illustrations are beautiful and vibrant! Kiddos should certainly be reminded that they belong, even if they are different from their family. I am iffy around the messaging about "keeping" the crocodile though.
This was a very sweet and meaningful picture book about a family of birds who adopts a crocodile. The other animals constantly ask why they brought the crocodile into the family assuming it was some inherent great feature whenever the crocodile does something of value (example when he ends up being a helpful child) they assume that is why the family kept him. The family always says no that isn't why. The lesson is that crocodile belongs with them. While the story is aimed at adopted children the story has value for any small child as it is a nice illustration that we don't love our family or friends because of any particular quality (beauty, intelligence, etc.) but because they are a part of us.
Beyond the beauty and importance of this simple story the illustrations were also adorable and fun. My two year old also enjoyed this story and any book that can hold my two year old's attention gets a strong recommendation from me.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.
This is a beautiful story about prejudice, family, love, adoption, and acceptance. I recommend this book to anyone with a blended family and parents looking to teach their children that not all families look the same.
The story is simple enough for small children to understand, while interesting enough to keep their interest.
I enjoyed this! I think the bright art style complimented the story well.
Well there are some well known benefits of reading books to your children like helping them engage , imagine and dream . It effects their vocabulary tremendously and gives me write words to express themselves . But one benefit which I have come to realise reading latest releases is that they tackle challenging topics in a easy fun way , the children can easily take away as much as they understand , and this proves to be a great help to parents with the conversations about these topics .
❤️ A crocodile in the family deals with the topic of adoption flawlessly and effortlessly . Beautiful illustrations although a little difficult to read the soft copy even on NetGalley shelf but absolutely worth it
Where to begin?! A Crocodile in the Family is darling! The artwork is lively and precocious, playful and fun. The prose goes along beautifully telling a story of acceptance for just being you. It is such a loving message told through small child-friendly vignettes of daily life, that being who you are is enough to belong with people who love you - whether you look the same, or not.
A cute story of what family means. It doesn't matter if your blood or not. Family is family. The illustrations are beautiful as well. A lovely read.