|Crictor (1958) [Picture Book]|
by Tomi Ungerer
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(From the publisher):
Madame Bodot taught school in a peaceful French village. She had a son who was studying reptiles in Africa, but she was nonetheless unprepared for the birthday present he sent her. When the large doughnut-shaped package revealed a baby boa constrictor, Madame Bodot could not have been more surprised.
She named the infant snake Crictor. He grew up to be an affectionate and lovable pet. Crictor attended his mistress's classes, and showed remarkable aptitude for forming letters and numbers with his body. He was particularly helpful to the children, letting them use him as a jump rope and allowing them to practice knots with him. Also he recued their kites when they got stuck on high wires.
Life went on happily for Madame Bodot and her long friend. Then one night a burglar broke into their house. Crictor's quick thought and action saved the day. What could a burglar do against the wrath of a loyal boa constrictor? The villagers rewarded the brave snake with a lovely medal, and a park was named in his honor. Tomi Ungerer's bright, beguiling story and pictures of this improbable situation are pure delight.
Original title: Crictor
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Picture Books