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A story from Timor Leste

Book: The Boy and the Crocodile edited by Martin Hughes and illustrated by children from the Familia Hope Orphanage

Ages: 4+

Relationship to country: This book is illustrated by children from Timor Leste and tells a legend from there

Book in a nutshell: This book tells the legend about Timor grew into an island


This book tells a legend from the island of Timor Leste. This book has a special story because it was illustrated by children from the Familia Hope Orphanage in Timor Leste, and the money from buying the book supports those children. So it's a nice book to buy if you want to support children from Timor Leste!

In this legend, there is a crocodile. The crocodile is small, and he is thirsty and hungry. He walked so far across the desert, and he got tired and weak. Then a boy saw the crocodile collapsed in the desert, and he carried him to the sea to help him. The crocodile thanked the boy and said, "whenever you need help or wish something, call on me, and I'll help you." One day, the boy did call on the crocodile and asked him to take him all around the world. They did travel all around the world. 

When the crocodile grew old and died, he grew and grew and grew until he became an island where the boy and all of his people could live forever. The ridges from his back became the mountains, and his scales were the hills of.. TIMOR!