The Hunterman and the Crocodile

Bibliographic Information: Diakite, B.W. (1997). The Hunterman and the Crocodile. New York: Scholastic Press.

Brief Annotation: Donso, the hunterman, has to carry crocodiles across a river and as he does he comes across other creatures that refuse to help him.  This causes him to learn that he needs to live in harmony with nature.

Genre: West African Folktale

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Children who like folktales; children who like animals as characters; children who like African settings; children who like stories with lessons/morals to be learned.

Rating/Response: 4 I really liked this book because it teaches an important idea, that humans are not above all other living things; we need to live in harmony with nature.  The story is also repetitive so it is easy to follow along, and the illustrations are wonderful!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you think humans and other living things live in harmony?  Why or why not?  Should we?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great book for determining important ideas because there is a main theme/moral to the story that students can pinpoint.  Students can also determine the reasons and evidence from the book that supports the main idea.

Posted by: Jenna Bosch

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