Author: Russel Hoban Illustrator:James Marshall Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1975 Ages: 6-10 (from the publisher in ’75) Themes: crocodiles, etiquette, first love Opening:“Arthur,” said Mrs. Crocodile to her sone one evening at dinner, “you are eating like a regular little beast.” Summary: (from my library catalog)Arthur Crocodile cannot seem to learn table manners until his sister brings her new girlfriend to visit.
I like this book because: it’s a gem! I am on a James Marshall kick (again!), and this is where I’d like to thank my favorite children’s librarian, Giny (miss you!), for asking me to take a second look at the Marshall books years ago. Hysterical yet understated, lots of beastly sibling snarkiness, and perfect for any child who has been admonished to sit up straight or chew with their mouths closed (you got that, Olivia?).
Resources/activities: write up a list of reasonable table manners, and another wacky list – just for fun (we had ‘no singing during meals’ for a while); discuss table manners that are different form yours – here is a list of 17 from other countries at The Savory,HERE.
For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE
I just had to jump in, so forgive me, please, if I am not following guidelines. In the vein of ‘make new friends’, but keep the old’, here are 10 picture book gems I wouldn’t want to live without, and I hope one or two may be new to you. Of course, I’m using the label old rather loosely – a book I may have read to my now adult kids. In no particular order: