A Search for Home
Crocodile is tired, scared, and hopeful as he searches for his new home.
Everything will be better where I’m going! he thinks. But where is that?
Crocodile’s Crossing: A Search for Home introduces children to the complex topic of immigration. Featuring bright artwork packed with playful details, this thoughtful tale sensitively portrays the challenges faced by refugees and other newcomers. A downloadable discussion and activity guide is available at .
"A wide-eyed, open-hearted evocation of a refugee's experience. . . . The text takes care to delineate Crocodile's journey such that it stirs compassion."
"Exploring the struggles and concerns facing immigrant families with sensitivity and a touch of playfulness, Crocodile’s plight will resonate with today’s children. As a crocodile now living in a community of mice, there are a lot of new things for him to learn and think about. Expressive illustrations follow Crocodile’s journey as he finally discovers what he needs to feel at home."
"Crocodile’s Crossing deals with the impetus for Crocodile’s decision to go as well as the fear, discrimination, and compassion he experiences along the way."
—The Englewood Review of Books
"Yoeri Slegers tells the story of a crocodile who needs a new place to live after realizing he’s no longer safe in his homeland. . . . Although Slegers never uses the word refugee, the message comes across loud and clear."
"This story gives a sensitive look from the immigrant's point of view. Difficult conditions dislodge them from their families and homes, driving them in directions they aren't familiar with, only to find they are unwanted when they arrive. Crocodile's story portrays the challenges faced by many refugees today."
—Story Monsters Ink
"Sensitively portrays the challenges faced by refugees. . . . A fully endorsed and recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."
—Midwest Book Review
"A very vibrantly illustrated book with many small details to find on each page. The incredible illustrations are sure to keep readers engaged."
—Kids' Book Buzz