The Gift of the Crocodile by Judy Sierra
A Cinderella Story

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In the Spice Islands, where clove and nutmeg trees grow,
a girl named Damura lived long ago.

Damura is a beautiful girl, as kind and lovely as the little green parrot that perches on the nutmeg tree. But Damura's stepmother and stepsister mistreat her. They force her to rise before dawn, carry out all the chores, and sleep on the floor. One day, while down by the river, Damura calls out to the creatures of the wild for help. Rising from the waters, an ancient crocodile answers the call. This unusual fairy godmother, aptly named Grandmother Crocodile, outfits Damura in a sarong of gold, with slippers to match, and sends her to the palace to dance for the prince. Once he sees her, the prince knows that she will be his bride.
But the fairy tale isn't quite over. Damura's wicked stepmother and stepsister are so jealous that they push Damura into the river, where she is swallowed by a crocodile. Too bad they didn't know about Grandmother Crocodile....
The Gift of the Crocodile, a tale from the Spice Islands in Indonesia, offers a colorful and dramatic twist on the universally adored Cinderella story.
 

About Judy Sierra

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Judy Sierra is the author of several children's books, including Nursery Tales Around the World, which was an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, a Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, and Booklinks Best of 1996, and was named one the The Century's Best Children's Books by the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Albany, California.
 
Published November 1, 2000 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ruffins (Running the Road to ABC, 1996, Coretta Scott King Honor) sets long-limbed, colorfully clad figures into bright, open tropical settings, ably capturing Damura’s sadness, her stepsister’s disagreeable nature, even the crocodile’s solicitude with clearly drawn expressions and body language.

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