4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2010
The shy crocodile listens to the bear playing a guitar, and would dearly love to dance to it, but he is afraid of showing himself. It is a beautifully written and illustrated story, having just that special sprinkling of magic to enchant children and adults alike. At face value it is a marvellously composed tale, with a light sense of fun, but also contains great scope for discussion with young children, as it handles insecurity, social fear and the value of sharing, very effectively, in a way that is subtle, but clear for young minds to understand without a feeling of being preached to.
The story is about fear of rejection, social insecurity, and low self-esteem/confidence, but handles the theme with a light wit, and just enough depth to help children to realize that everyone feels uncertain sometimes, but will be valued for who they are -with no need to hide.
Beyond the crocodile, the story tackles selfishness and greed - reflected in the stars being taken down and not shared as the trees marvel at their sparkling beauty. This brings in a further dynamic of the crocodile not sharing his 'light' (his dancing) with the others. The ending is an enchanting visualisation in the confirmation that the crocodile can shine too.
This is an absolutely magical story for young children, that helps them to explore their own confidence and understand other people's insecurities, and shows the value of sharing.
on 6 March 2011
We all love this books in the family, the book is really magical and really takes you away with the imagination that has been put into the book. It has small touches by the writer which really make the book special. The book was first discovered at the library and my little 3 year old boy fell in love with it. Would recommend to anyone with young children