Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

February 3, 2010

Little Croc's Purse

This is a Hot Cross Mum Book Review. Did you know it was National Storytelling Week?

Although it wouldn't have necessarily occurred to me to buy a book about honesty, sharing and giving, 'Little Croc's Purse' deals with these issues really well.

Written by Lizzie Finlay (recently long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal for her first book Dandylion), Little Croc's Purse looks at the moral dilemma of what to do if you find someone's purse. The illustrations are vibrant and humorous and the story of Little Croc's dilemma is well thought out. Despite his croc pals suggesting that he take the money, and teasing him when he refuses to do so, Little Croc does the honorable thing and sets out to find the purse's rightful owner.

When the owner is eventually found, she is not concerend about the money in the purse, but is relieved to find a locket with a picture of her husband inside. She rewards Little Croc for his honesty by giving him the money.

Again, the issue of what to do with all the cash is well handled. He divides the money into three envelopes: Spend, Share and Save and with it he gets a treat for himself, donates to charity, buys lemonade for all his friends and starts saving up for a cowboy hat!

Little Croc's Purse is a lovely book which I would highly recommend. My four-year-old really enjoyed it and has asked for again and again at bedtime. The fact that he now wants a pink purse of his own is another story!



  1. What a lovely story - & as for the pink purse, the 9 year at 4, had a pink purse with a kitten wearing a diamond crown. He has grown out of it (just)


  2. That sounds really lovely. My little one is a bit too young for that at the moment but will definitely keep it in mind for the future.

  3. That's sweet :) I just ordered "The Monster at the end of this book" for the Snot Queen. An oldie but a goodie :)

  4. Sounds like a goodie - I just wrote my face 3 baby books if you're looking for some other recommendations


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