Crocodiles Don’t Brush Their Teeth (鳄鱼不刷牙)by Colin Fancy


A bilingual picture book with vibrant illustrations, this book explores the differences between human and animal behaviours. Its repetitive (and predictable) text can be a hit with young children and I like that it reinforces positive behaviour such as good manners, brushing teeth, washing hair and so on.

When I first read this book to Theo, I made it a point to frown and sound disapprovingly that the crocodile doesn’t brush its teeth. In contrast, I sounded really proud and happy when I read the child’s line “But I do!”

It is a fun book to read aloud and gets little readers involved too, so there is nothing I would not like about it.


Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? Ampel, Straße und Verkehr by Peter Nieländer


For Theo’s second birthday, I was looking online for books that I could use to teach him about road safety. He loves being out of the buggy, but at almost 2, he thinks he knows better than his parents about everything. I asked on a German expat forum on which books parents would recommend and the Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? series won hands down.

We aren’t a German-speaking household. However I wanted to get Theo German books since he attends a full day German child care. Also, I wanted German books that depict what everyday life in Germany may look like so that Theo can easily relate to them. These books have German signs, trains, cars, buildings and so on. 


This book is exactly what I was looking for and definitely suitable for 2 year olds. The flaps were interesting and informative. The book also have examples of unacceptable behaviour which were corrected by the flaps which show what should be done instead. 

My son isn’t exactly the most obedient person when crossing the road but 95% of the time he has been compliant. Theoretically, he is able to point out the unacceptable behaviours in the book so that’s a good start for us.