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Cornelius (Dragonfly Books)

by Leo Lionni

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This book had a lot of little lessons in only a few pages! It teaches about being unique and embracing yourself. When Cornelius went to the monkey, who helped him instead of saying "so what" like the others, it taught a lesson on teamwork and learning. In the end all of the others were trying to do what Cornelius had learned from the monkey, but couldn't do so. ( )
  Micaela.Craig | Aug 25, 2013 |
This book is about discovering oneself, even if it is different from those around you. Cornelius was born to walk up right but his family and friends did not approve. He tried to get them to just try but the refused. Cornelius would go on his way doing many different things and come back and tell everybody but they didn't approve. But one day to Cornelius's surprise he found them all trying. So he helped them all do what he had done and it turned into a jolly time. ( )
  E.OB | Dec 11, 2012 |
Cornelius was born walking upright, he can stand on his head, and swing from his tail. Cornelius is proud of his abilities, and likes to show it. The other alligators do not appear to be as thrilled about Cornelius's special traits as much as Cornelius is. As cornelius walks away, he turns back to see the other alligators trying to do his unique tricks! Being unique is something to be proud of, and never to be ashamed about. This story encourages optimism toward being different, and standing out in the crows, rather than trying to fit in. Readers should feel comfortable and proud to be themselves, and not try to be like anyone else. ( )
  BarrettOlivia | Sep 27, 2012 |
This fiction book touches upon the themes of jealousy and different abilities that different people/animals may have. People/animals do not have to stay in the norm of what society expects them to act/think. It is okay to change the norm and to try new things.
  SarahLinfield | Mar 8, 2012 |
Cornelius is a crocodile that hatched on the riverbeach and immediately walked upright. His friends didn't seem to care that he could stand on his head and hang upside down from his tail like his friend the monkey. The other crocodiles weren't impressed so Cornelius left them to be different, but then saw them trying to be like him- which made him happy. ( )
  megancoleman | Feb 6, 2012 |
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Unlike other crocodiles, Cornelius walks upright, sees things, and does tricks no other crocodile can. His friends aren't impressed. "So what?" they say when he demonstrates standing on his head or hanging from his tail. At first, Cornelius is disappointed, but things aren't always what they seem, and life on the riverbeach is about to undergo some big changes. Children will draw inspiration from this tale of a crocodile who marches to his own drummer.

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Cornelius, a crocodile who walks upright, sees things no crocodile has ever seen before.

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