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Gator

by Randy Cecil

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Sweet. Not sure why the carousel fell out of favor, not even sure I've ever seen a carousel with a gator before. I do wish the story had been what I thought it would be, though, a sort of Velveteen Rabbit or Pinocchio kinda thing, in which Gator would get the post hole through his body healed. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The amusement park where Gator's merry-go-round is at is forgotten about by all the families and children. Gator can't take the silence anymore so he leaves his friends, duck and goldfish, to find the laughter again. But their is a whole left in his heart where the pole used to be. Gator walks and walks through the woods where he comes upon a zoo and where he hears laughter again! A little boy notices Gator crying on a bench and the father recognizes him from the merry-go-round. They haven't forgotten! So Gator brings all the laughter back to the amusement park and his hole in his heart is filled. ( )
  claire.cavell | Feb 1, 2012 |
Fun little story. Gator is a carousel animal that leaves the amusement park he is at to go find all the children that once came to ride him and the other carousel animals. He missed all the children and their laughter. He finds himself at the zoo, and stumbles in to the alligator pin, but decides that those alligators are big and scary; he was glad they were sleeping. Gator is then spotted by an adult who used to ride him as a child. Gator then leads a crowd back to the amusement park to ride the carousel. great illustrations, multicultural. ( )
  mmwrigh3 | Sep 3, 2011 |
A delightful tale of a carousel gator who takes it upon himself to discover why children no longer ride his carousel. Beautiful illustrations combined with a carousel animal looking for his lost friends make this a charming addition to any child's library. ( )
  nateandjess | Feb 13, 2010 |
A story of a carousel gator who leaves the amusement park to find where all the kids went. He finds them at the local zoo, and brings them back. This book seemed more for parents than for kids, as it deals with nostalgia and change. ( )
  GeniusBabies | Jun 22, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763629529, Hardcover)

Lonely for laughter, a carousel animal goes on a courageous journey in Randy Cecil’s delightful new picture book.

Gator loves everything about being a carousel animal — the flashing lights, the calliope music, and most of all, the laughter. But day by day, week by week, fewer and fewer people come to the amusement park, until one day, no one comes at all. And so begins an extraordinary odyssey,as Gator leaves behind the only life he’s ever known and sets off through some deep, dark woods to a place with REAL alligators — and a wonderful, familiar sound. Illustrator Randy Cecil puts on his author’s hat for this moving story of a modest carousel alligator who finds what he’s looking for and becomes a hero along the way.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:45 -0400)

When the amusement park where he had been a happy carousel animal closes, Gator decides to explore the outside world but finds it a very lonely place.

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