Damura is a beautiful girl, as kind and lovely as the little green parrot that perches on the nutmeg tree. But Damura's stepmother and stepsister mistreat her. One day, while down by the river, Damura calls out to the creatures of the wild for help. Rising from the waters, an unusual fairy godmother, aptly named Grandmother Crocodile, outfits Damura in a sarong of gold, with slippers to match, and sends her to the palace to dance for the prince. Once he sees her, the prince knows that she will be his bride. But the fairy tale isn't quite over. Damura's wicked stepmother and stepsister are so jealous that they push Damura into the river, where she is swallowed by a crocodile. Too bad they didn't know about Grandmother Crocodile. Featuring illustrations by Reynold Ruffins, The Gift of the Crocodile offers a colorful and dramatic twist on the universally adored Cinderella story.
Published by Simon & Schuster in 2000, hardcover, measures 9 x 10.8 inches, 40 pages. ISBN 9780689821882.