The Hunterman and the Crocodile
This African folktale is about a contest of wits between a hunter and a crocodile.
Donso agrees to return Bamba and family to their river home if the crocodile clan promises not to bite him. Yet once there, the crafty creatures decide they're too hungry to let the hunter go. One by one, animal passers-by refuse to rescue Donso, explaining how Man has exploited their species, taking much from them and giving back nothing. A clever compromise brings the narrative to a satisfying close, and clearly delivers a message about the importance of respecting nature. This book is a natural choice for a read-aloud, likely to entertain as it teaches.
Here are some questions to ask your child while you read:
- How did the crocodile trick Donso? Why didn’t the animals help him?
- How does the rabbit help Donso? How did the crocodiles help Donso? Do you understand how they tricked each other?
- What lesson did Donso learn? What makes you think that?
- Asking children questions while you read together helps them to comprehend the story and concepts in the book.
- When parents use strategies like expanding on what children say, responding to children, asking questions or speaking their thoughts aloud, they can significantly impact the quantity of words children hear and use.
- For Ages
- 3-5 years
- Time Required
- 10 min
- Average Rating