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Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace…

Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale

by Candace Fleming

Other authors: Sally Anne Lambert (Illustrator)

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Amusing to a point, with fun Cajun-inspired text, and good illustrations, but gets really dark in the end, and I didn't much care for that. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 31, 2016 |
Old Monsieur Gator is very slow and can no longer catch the other bayou critters to eat. He hatches a crafty plan that ends in a tasty treat.
  Jennifer LeGault | Sep 7, 2016 |
Monsieur Gator has gotten older and none of the other critters give him any respect. He devises a plan and makes a delicious gumbo to lure the little critters his way. ( )
  dbuster | Apr 20, 2016 |
Possum, Otter, and Skunk don't give Gator any respect now that he's old and moves slow. One day, he decides he's had enough and begins to make a big pot of gumbo. In the style of [b:The Little Red Hen|401732|The Little Red Hen|Jerry Pinkney|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309198637s/401732.jpg|391136], Gator asks the other three for help with various tasks and when they refuse, he does it himself. Of course, when it's time to taste the gumbo, all three find that they have plenty of time for that. But there's a twist to this tale: as Possom, Otter, and Skunk move up to the pot to sample the gumbo, a little nudge makes them part of it... and Gator has the gumbo that he had planned all along. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Monsieur Gator is getting old and is having trouble catching himself some food. Monsieur Gator get the idea to make him some gumbo. ( )
  sammarocco | Nov 4, 2012 |
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Old Monsieur Gator is very slow. He moves "slower than saw grass grows" and "slower than a snail with sore feet." He can no longer catch any of his tasty fellow bayou creatures to eat, "And--oh ho!--them critters sure know it." The possum, skunk, and otter taunt him, wiggling and sashaying just out of his reach. Finally, Gator gets hot (red hot) and hatches a crafty plan--he will make gumbo. When he asks who will help him, Little Red Hen-style, the creatures don't say "Not I," but "I ain't," (a reply more fitting for a Louisiana bayou). But when Gator finishes his okra and crawdad soup, and asks "Who' gonna help eat it?" the chorus chimes "Me! Me!" Gator agrees to let the otter, skunk, and possum take a sip, but when they lean over the pot, slurping and slipping, "Them animals go into the pot." A harsh fate for Gator's sassy tormenters? Perhaps, but revenge is downright tasty for Monsieur Gator.

If all this bayou cooking (albeit with characters from the book as ingredients) gets your mouth a-watering, a recipe for "Maman's Spicy-Hot Gumbo" adorns the back cover of the book. Sally Anne Lambert (of Barkus, Sly and the Golden Egg captures the expressions of the tortured old gator and the taunting bullies with great skill, and her use of color and composition is no less than exquisite. A spicy-hot read-aloud, straight from the bayou. (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:28 -0400)

A hungry alligator, slow with age, hopes to catch some good meat to add to his spicy gumbo.

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