The Greedy Crocodile : A Collection of Australian Stories
Walker Books, 2012
5-8yrs, Lower Primary, Primary
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- Art motifs
- Glossaries and vocabularies
- Literary devices
- Short stories
First published in 1992, this is a collection of ten short stories written and illustrated by Sally Morgan. It is a companion to Morgan's earlier collection of short stories, 'The Flying Emu'. In the preface she discusses the role storytelling has played in her family, and explains that these stories are not traditional stories, but her own invention. The stories are often humorous, the kind of humour that has great child appeal.
In many of the stories the characters learn a valuable lesson - be it to listen to grandma, or that pride comes before a fall. While the book is A4 sized and gives the impression of a picture book, it has more text than illustrations and at 75 pages, it is more suitable for middle and upper primary students than younger readers.
The illustrations are bold and colourful and done in Sally Morgan's signature style. Most include borders with a repeating motif relevant to the story and which break up the text well. The illustrations of Roly Poly the wombat are especially appealing. At the end of the book is a Glossary of Indigenous and Australian words used in the stories.
Sally Morgan is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
- Walker Books Classroom Ideas: The Greedy Crocodile https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/statics/dyn/1338183330405/Greedy-Crocodile.pdf
- Storytelling in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/about/k-12-policies/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-perspectives/resources/storytelling
- Australian Aboriginal Storytelling by Helen McKay http://www.australianstorytelling.org.au/storytelling-articles/a-d/australian-aboriginal-storytelling-helen-mckay