Crocodile's Tears by Alex Beard

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Black Rhino and Tickbird want to know why Crocodile is crying. They search the African landscape for other animals who might know the answer. The few they find suggest Crocodile is sad that so many of them face extinction. But when Black Rhino finally asks Crocodile why he’s crying, he learns an interesting fact: Crocodile isn’t really crying; he’s wetting his eyes in the hot, dry sun like all crocodiles do. And Black Rhino learns something else about crocodiles: they can have you for lunch if you don’t watch out!
Including a photo of each animal featured in the story along with a description of its current status on the list of endangered species, this picture book is a great educational tool. A share of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Shompole Community Trust, a land and animal reserve in Kenya.

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"Beard’s illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful in their simplicity. The rhythm of Beard’s writing keeps the reader engaged, and will lend itself to being read aloud easily...this book is a must-have for any “green” collection."
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About Alex Beard

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Alex Beard is an artist whose work has been shown in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong, among other major cities. He lives with his wife and their children in New Orleans.
Published January 1, 2012 by Harry N. Abrams. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife.

Dec 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Crocodile's Tears


Meet Alex Beard, author and artist of three delightful children’s tales: The Jungle Grapevine, Monkey See, Monkey Draw, and his latest Africa-inspired children’s tale, Crocodile’s Tears.

Jan 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Crocodile's Tears


Crocodile Tears, a giant of a book, delivers a delightful crocodile tale and an essential message of conservation.

Jan 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Crocodile's Tears

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