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The Boy and the Crocodile

I ordered this book before it was even published after I came across the story of its journey. This was a book I had to see.

"A long time ago in a far away place,

a small crocodile lived in a swamp."

So begins this beautiful story.  A story of kindness, of nature and of how Timor got its shape.  

With a mixture of description, dialogue and fabulous illustrations we meet a crocodile who needs to reach the sea in order to feed. A little boy comes along and carries the crocodile to the sea, saving his life.  Years later the boy calls on the crocodile to help him with his dream to 'see the world'.  They follow the sun and travel for years, cue many great images depicting different countries.  The story concludes by explaining how Timor gained its unusual shape - and I'll leave that for you to discover for yourself, when you read the book!

On one level you'll be sharing a parable of friendship and kindness with your children, and on another you'll be teaching them about another country.  'What's Timor?' was the first question when we finished! The end papers give lots of details for you to answer that question - about the orphanage, the legend and East Timor itself.  There's even a Tetum translation of the story, which my eldest is fascinated by.  And the colouring page at the back?  Well that's always a winner in our house.

The illustrations have been produced by the children of the Familia Hope Orphanage in East Timor - their honesty, colour and great detail lend the book a charm all of its own.

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The high volume of copies bought prior to publication means that 5,000 can now be printed in Tetum and distributed for free across East Timor.  

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go back in to the Familila Hope Orphanage.  BUY NOW from Booktopia.

You can follow the amazing journey of The Boy and The Crocodile on its very own blog.

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The Boy and the Crocodile is the legend of East Timor and tells the fascinating tale about how Timor got its curious shape. It's also a parable about the kindness of strangers. This book was illustrated by orphans and young artists from East Timor, and ALL proceeds from sales will go to the Familia Hope Orphanage.

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48
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978-0987132628

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The Boy and the Crocodile 2012-07-03 09:51:33 Kirsti
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Reviewed by Kirsti    July 03, 2012

the boy and the crocodile

LOVE this book and agree that the story behind it is inspiring. My friend pre bought it too and got her kids' names in it. Nice touch.

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Hi Kirsti,
Thanks for passing on your thoughts re The Boy and The Crocodile. I'm pleased you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Emma

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The Boy and the Crocodile 2012-01-21 05:50:17 Jodie
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Reviewed by Jodie    January 21, 2012

Me too

Just like the reviewer I pre order this book (in fact I pre ordered copies for all of my friends as Christmas gifts). The story of its creation is perhaps just as important as the book itself. Empowering youth through eduction and reading - and the story is a great read for those learning about mythology, beginnings, other cultures or just looking for a lovely read.

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