Friday, January 24, 2020

Book Review and Activity of Little Red and the Crocodile by Suzan Johnson

This is a created version of the famous tale Little Red Riding Hood with black and white illustration by Ayessa contrasted by Little Red’s bright red coat. The author, Suzan Johnson takes the readers to the Louisiana swamps where the story takes place. 

The story begins when Zara, the Little Red, embarks on her adventure to Aunt Moshee’s house feeling confident to follow her mother’s advice and walk alone to Auntie. Little Red distracted along the way enjoying the sunny day, beautiful flowers at the market, and the fresh Irises Mr. Leon gifts her. Little Red continues toward Aunt Moshee’s house through the swamps imagining all sorts of furious animals in her head. When she hears a noise in the bushes, a crocodile steps out and introduces himself as a friendly Cory the Crocodile. Since we know the original story, Cory, the crocodile hurries to Aunt Moshee’s house and swallows her up in one big gulp.

BUT, I will let you read the end of the story to find out the twist of this creative version of an old times tale. 
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ACTIVITIES CREATED BY: Maritza Martínez Mejía @2020

1. Write a paragraph of your favorite part of Little Red and the Crocodile?
2. What did you learn about the story?


3. What is your favorite illustration?

I received a copy of Little Red and the Crocodile by  Suzan Johnson as part of the #ReadYourWorld. Multicultural Children’s Book Day  (1/31/2020) is in its 7th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. 

Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
MCBD 2020  is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board
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Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
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Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk


  1. Ooh, what a great retelling of Little Red Riding Hood! Thanks for participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day!

  2. You're very welcome. #LuzDelMes


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