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LITTLE CROC'S PURSE by Lizzie Finlay

LITTLE CROC'S PURSE

By Lizzie Finlay (Author) , Lizzie Finlay (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5392-9
Publisher: Eerdmans

Demonstrating the many rewards of Right Action, Little Croc fends off his importunate friends and resolutely hauls a large coin purse he’s discovered under a bush to the police station—past an oh-so-tempting shoe store, a lemonade vendor, a charity worker and Murdock, a menacing punk. In rushes the owner a little later to rescue a prized locket and then give Little Croc everything else! Unconcerned that it’s a purse, and covered in pink flowers to boot, the delighted reptile adopts the fashion accessory and divides the cash inside into “spend,” “share” and “save” piles. He then treats himself to a lemonade and a coveted pair of red cowboy boots, makes a donation to the charity, buys gifts for all his buddies (and even Murdock), then goes home to drop the last coin in his piggy bank and dream of saving for a matching cowboy hat. Placing her all-croc cast in an upscale village setting and tucking in some visual jokes (the lemonade comes from “Croc Monsieur’s” café), Finlay gives the episode a bright and breezy look. Along with making worthy points about the benefits of honesty, modeling responsible financial behavior and even somehow managing to keep Little Croc from coming off as a goody-goody, she introduces a young hero who is refreshingly oblivious to gender expectations—bravo. (Picture book. 6-8)