Croc and Bird

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    Random House
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Can a crocodile and a bird really be brothers? According to this exquisitely illustrated, dreamy tale, the answer is ‘yes – as long as no one tries to tell them otherwise’. Growing up together from the moment their respective eggs crack open, and with no adults to guide them or peer group to imitate, the protagonists make a life for themselves that works to the strengths and caters for the needs of each of them, and in doing so, develop a relationship that is at least as strong as any sibling bond. When they finally realise their ‘mistake’, they try and join their own species for a while, but soon return to the family unit that – unconventional though it may be – has made them who they are. The lesson isn’t original, of course, but it’s delivered here with exceptional sensitivity.