Book Description

Explores the alleged symbiotic relationship between crocodiles and Egyptian plovers in rhyming verse.

All the creatures in the River Nile flee when they see the crocodile—all except one, that is. Unafraid, a little bird called a plover enters the crocodile’s open mouth, showing an alleged symbiotic relationship between two species. This book with rhyming verse and realistic illustrations will entertain and educate.

  • Introduces readers to the alleged mutualism / symbiotic relationship between Nile crocodiles and Egyptian plovers, with short, rhyming stanzas.
  • Lifelike and impressive illustrations of the crocodile and plover in their natural habitat.
  • Excellent picture book for STEM units on symbiotic relationships between animals and the need for apex predator dental hygiene.

“If you think a bird and a crocodile can’t get along, think again. … An unusual partnership in the natural world that should appeal to young animal lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)

The Author

Richard Turner is an author and Performing Arts teacher in Adelaide South Australia, who supports children’s creative voices through drama and dance. He has directed and choreographed musicals, working with students who can sing and dance way better than he can. Like most people, Richard has to be told to eat his peas, but never has to be told to eat his jellybeans or ice cream. He has been on a skateboard, a rollercoaster, an elephant and a camel. He has also been on a spaceship to the moon, but only in his dreams!

The Illustrator

Margaret Tolland is an artist from New Zealand, whose illustrations are packed with detail. Through her work, get closer to the habitats and lifestyles of the many species, both flora and fauna, that she explores with an eye on environmental education. With twenty years’ experience in visual arts education and working in a gallery, Margaret now illustrates full-time.

Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels

Guided Reading Level: N

Grade Level Equivalent: 3

Educational Descriptions

Picture book, non-fiction prose, rhythm and rhyme, Life science: behaviors and characteristics of crocodiles and Egyptian plover bird, symbiotic relationships, Story elements: setting: Nile River, plot and character development, figurative language: simile, illustrations enhance meaning and tone, Comprehension strategies: identify main idea and details, cause and effect relationships, compare and contrast, summarize. Themes: Our natural world, unlikely friendships; Crocodile and Plover bird.

Interest Age: 4 to 8 years

Reading Age: 8 to 9 years

RRP: $22.99

ISBN: 978-1-76036-104-4

Format: Hardback

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians

World rights available, except for France, Australia, Canada, Ireland, China, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Book Details
Richard Turner
Margaret Tolland
24.0 cm in H · 26.0 cm in W · 32 pages
Release Date:
October 2020
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