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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Lyle the Crocodile) (original 1965; edition 1987)

by Bernard Waber

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Title:Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Lyle the Crocodile)
Authors:Bernard Waber
Info:Sandpiper (1987), Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Green, friendship, crocodile, neighbors, picture book, hero, family, fantasy

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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber (1965)



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In this story, Lyle is a friendly crocodile who lives with the Primms. However, while he enjoys helping those around him, he is disliked by Mr. Grumps, who eventually has him sent to a zoo. When he is rescued by his friend, they plan to move to Australia. However, when he sees that Mr. Grumps house is on fire, he goes in and rescues both Mr. Grumps and his cat. Mr. Grumps realizes Lyle's brave and kind character and finally accepts him.

This story has many opportunities for students to practice predicting. Throughout much of the first part of the book, Mr. Grumps continues to threaten that something needs to be done about Lyle. Students might as "I wonder" questions and predict what Mr. Grumps will do. They might also practice comparing and contrasting Mr. Grumps and Lyle as characters. Students might also build connections with the book about the dangers of judging others too quickly without really getting to know them.
  sso14 | Jul 23, 2016 |
I picked this book because the illustrations reminded me of Madeline and because I love crocodiles. For this book, I would have students write what type of animal they would want to have if they could pick any animal in the world. ( )
  ksd011 | Jan 31, 2016 |
I really liked this book and I feel that it can be a good message to kids to stand up for themselves and not let bullies bring them down. It also sends a good message that just because someone is a bully does not mean you need to be a bully back and sink to their level. You should always be the better person. ( )
  nicole.emanuele | Nov 30, 2015 |
This is a children's book about a nice crocodile names Lyle who is misjudged by his neighbor Mr. Grumps but still manages to be kind and friendly to everyone. Mr. Grumps doesn't like Lyle because he scares his cat Loretta. So Lyle does his best to stay out of his way but ends up going to the store where Mr. Grumps works and then Mr. Grumps gets mad and makes Lyle go to the zoo. Lyle tries his best to stay positive and get used to his life at the zoo but he has a hard time. Mr. Valenti comes and helps him escape and they make plans to go to Australia but then Lyle saves Mr. Grumps and Loretta from a fire and Mr. Grumps changes his opinion about Lyle and asks him to stay around. This book is great for discussions on judging people before you get to know them and how important it is to stay positive and always be kind, even when people are being mean to you. The illustrations in this book are simple ink sketches that are filled in with water colors. The color scheme is mainly black white and green with a few other colors that add variety to the illustrations. They usually have a lot going on in them even though they are simple color-wise so they give the reader a lot to look at. A teacher could use this book if they were going to talk about judging others or staying positive. They could have students write their own story about themselves or an animal who stays positive in a difficult situation. ( )
  cpaavola | Sep 23, 2015 |
It's a cute, child-friendly story about a really sweet crocodile that just wants to fit in. His mean neighbor constantly complains about him, and eventually, Lyle plans on leaving town. This illustrations are simple and sweet, the story is easy to follow, and the characters take on a variety of roles as Lyle realizes that he can still be a nice guy to those that aren't nice around him. And in the end, Lyle's cranky neighbor is redeemed by forgiving Lyle and thanking him for saving his life/cat. This is the perfect story for lessons on helping others and being kind even when others aren't kind to us. ( )
  ghelmus | May 20, 2014 |
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Lyle the crocodile lives in a house on East 88th Street in New York City. He likes it there, and his hosts, the Primms, like having him around--he helps young Joshua with his homework, jumps-rope with the neighborhood kids, and browses through antique shops with Mrs. Primm. Much to the affable reptile's dismay, however, he makes his neighbor's cat Loretta crazy, which in turn makes Mr. Grumps, Loretta's owner, even crazier. One day, Mrs. Primm and Lyle are shopping, when Lyle--through no real fault of his own--ends up infuriating department-store bigwig Mr. Grumps who turns red and blue and purple with rage. This unfortunate eruption lands the rollicking reptile in the Central Park zoo where Lyle fights back his crocodile tears. In an elaborate sequence of events, Lyle finds himself back with the Primms on East 88th Street, a neighborhood hero, and, startlingly, even a friend of the mistrustful cat Loretta. Bernard Waber--creator of The House on East 88th Street--charms young readers again with this endearing, whimsical 1965 classic, perfectly complemented by his simple, sketchy, comical illustrations. (Ages 4 to 8)

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Lyle is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th St. until irritable Mr. Grumps next door changes all that.

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