Author: Rudyard Kipling
Publisher: Dar al Bihar (2004)
Pages: 349 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Bilingual English-Arabic version of “The Crocodile Tears”.
Dual language books. The English and Arabic pages are facing each other, matching one-on-one with English on the left page, Arabic on the right page. Easy reference for individuals not strong in one of the languages. Well known fiction titles for different interests and levels.
Description of Book:
In Rudyard Kipling's Just-So-Story, "The Elephant's Child," the Crocodile generously reveals himself by weeping crocodile tears. This is an excellent children’s story that uses wonderful illustrations in order to teach children of all ages a valuable lesson.
The term Crocodile tears refer to a false or insincere display of emotion. The expression comes from an ancient anecdote that crocodiles weep in order to lure their prey, or that they cry for the victims they are eating. They are fake tears.
An alternate explanation for the expression's origin is that crocodile tears cannot be authentic because crocodiles cannot cry; they lack tear ducts. Yet this is a myth: Crocodiles possess lacrimal glands which secrete a proteinaceous fluid, just like in humans, though tears will only be visible after a crocodile is out of the water for a prolonged period of time, and dries out. However, while crocodiles can and do generate tears, they do not weep or cry for remorse.
These special, condensed novels are intended for English speakers to learn Arabic, by reading side by side versions of these simplified famous novels.