Saturday, September 24, 2016

After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Arbordale Publishing.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Alexa and the other children at her escuela in Costa Rica have a special project: they are raising American Crocodiles. She names her croc Jefe, which means "boss," because he seems to be in charge of all the other babies. Alexa brings him chicken and frogs to eat, and writes about his progress in her diary. Soon, her little hatchling is as big as a loaf of bread. He has grown into a juvenile and it is time for Alexa to say goodbye and for Jefe to return to the wild.


My Review:

I find crocodiles to be fascinating.  The only time I've ever seen one is at a zoo, so I'm not sure that counts.  After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary is a fictional portrayel of a real program that allowed Costa Rican children to raise American crocodiles in their classroom.  The story tells of a girl named Alexa who helps raise a crocodile until it is able to be released into the wild.  When reading it, kids will learn foreign words and their definitions.  They will also learn statistics about crocodiles and caiman.  The pictures show both colored illustrations and real photos.  The book is interesting and educational.

The "For Creative Minds" section in the back of the book further educates with the differences between alligators, crocodiles, and caiman.  It also explains the differences between a child's teeth and a crocodile's teeth.  Furthermore, there's information on crocodile conservation and a story about Dr. Brady Barr, the only person that has ever captured all 24 species of croc in the wild.

After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary is a Fall 2016 release from Arbordale Publishing.
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30 comments:

Sara Goodhind said...

We have not seen a crocodile in real life.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

No, thank goodness!

Nancy said...

I have not seen crocodiles in their natural habitat.


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Meghan said...

Just at the zoo but we do go to Florida every year so maybe one day :)

VickieC said...

no just at the zoo

Colleen Maurina said...

Yes, we vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and they have many crocodiles. You have to be careful on the golf course!

Kristen said...

No, I have not seen one outside of captivity.

bison61 said...

no I have not-just in a zoo

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j1man1r66 said...

Yes, I have- In Arkansas there was a strictly Crcodile Park that I visited once a very long time ago!
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AiringMyLaundry said...

This looks like a fun book!

Crafty Zoo said...

I saw some when we went to one of the Disney parks in Florida as a kid.

Stacy said...

Have I ever! When doing my training for a seaplane rating to add to my pilot license, I almost was going to land on top of one and my instructor had to grab the yoke to pull back giving us more time to fly over the critter.

Renee Walters said...

I haven't seen crocodiles in their natural habitat.

Sue Hull said...

Ive never seen one except at the zoos. This sounds like a really interesting book.Thank you for the chance :)

Brandi Swanson said...

I have seen alligators while living in Florida!

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

No way!

Melissa Storms said...

No, I have never seen a crocodile outside of a zoo. I think I would be terrified.

aperry said...

I have not seen any.

MELINA said...

I have not seen a crocodile in the wild only the zoo.

Marilyn said...

Yes, they are all over in FL

jayedee said...

I live in Florida so alligators and crocodiles are fairly commonplace. Once we had a four foot gator take up residence in our back pond for a couple of weeks. We didn't shed any crocodile tears when that one moved on!

jayedee said...

I live in Florida so alligators and crocodiles are fairly commonplace. Once we had a four foot gator take up residence in our back pond for a couple of weeks. We didn't shed any crocodile tears when that one moved on!

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

Other than the zoo, I have not seen a real crocodile :)

Fiona N

Renee said...

Yep, in FLorida, but not up close thank goodness.

Laurie Nykaza said...

We have not seen crocodiles in their natural habitat only at the zoo

Crystal Rose said...

I've seen alligators but not crocodiles.

SnowflakeDay (Audra) said...

Thankfully, we don't have crocodiles in the mountains. So we've never seen one in real life.

kdrae said...

Nope I live in Michigan! :) My kids ask all the time about them though! :)

Shelley P said...

I saw a young crocodile at a fair. It had it's mouth taped and people got to pat it. It was very agitated and was thrashing around. Poor thing!

lilyk said...

I haven't seen a crocodile in real life before.