Cornelius – Leo Lionni

Cornelius is an unusual alligator; right after he is born he decides he should walk upright.  The other alligators are unimpressed.  He is angry and disappointed with their reaction.  He leaves and becomes friends with a monkey who teaches him how to stand on his head and hang from his tail.  Cornelius is sure the other alligators will now be impressed  He head back to the river bank to show them his new skills.  The other alligators do not seem to be impressed.  Cornelius is most disappointed until he realizes the others are trying to do what he can do just as he turns his back to leave.  Things are never the same after that.

Rating ✓ #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
“...I know it's hard when you're up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp” ~ EXPLORE
Interest Level: 1-3 Reading Level: 2

Curriculum Area: Language Arts

Themes/Topics: learning new skills, being yourself, being a friend

This book would be suitable for ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials

✓ Read-Aloud (Gr.) 1-3

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