Lizzie Finlay Little Croc's Purse

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Little Croc's Purse

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One fine day Little Croc finds a lonely lost purse ...and it's full of money! Does he keep it and use the money for himself? Will he succumb to the temptation of some new shoes, a cool lemonade or the teasing of his friends? No! Honourable Little Croc is off to find the owner. And when the owner of the purse lets him keep it and the money inside, he soon realises that being honest is its own best reward! This is a brand new heart-warming tale from "Dandylion" creator, Lizzie Finlay.

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Lizzie Finlay completed her BA in illustration at Exeter College of Art. Little Croc’s Purse is her second picture book after Dandylion (Red Fox). She has also illustrated several other books, including the books in the Pony-Crazed Princess Series (Hyperion).

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"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' caf?), 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." Publishers Weekly
"The pink flowery purse that Little Croc discovers during hide-and-seek looks innocent enough — but it's actually an accessory masquerading as a moral minefield. Will the substantial money in the purse lead Little Croc into temptation? 'Would the owner notice if he borrowed some money from the purse?' Little Croc wonders, spotting some zippy red boots in a store window. Why not just cave to peer pressure and social norms? ('No one returns things nowadays!' his friends shout.) While Finlay (Dandylion) dangles the possibility of dishonesty in her story, the outcome is never really in doubt; Little Croc is the kind of character who literally scolds himself. Not only does the green hero take the purse straight to the police, he also divvies up the reward in a manner that any parenting magazine would applaud, parceling out amounts for 'spend, share, and save.' The mixed-media pictures have a sweet, unaffected exuberance. . . But readers will figure out early on that they're in for a surplus of life lessons."

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ISBN 10:  0802853927 ISBN 13:  9780802853929
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2011
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