February 20, 2009

Gator Gumbo by Candace Fleming

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Gator Gumbo (AR 2 . 8 )

by Candace Fleming

Farrar Straus Giroux




When I was a child, I hated the story of the Little Red Hen.  Why share your bread when no one was willing to help?  I always wanted to pick up that bird and shake some sense into her. 

Imagine my joy when I discovered this spiced-up version of the story in which Cajun Monsieur Gator may be getting up in years but he’s also slier than sly.  When the tempting smell of his delicious gumbo brings Possum, Skunk and Otter right up to the pot, they are in for a big surprise.

Hey, now!   Don’t stomp off in a huff, assuming it is all grim and gruesome.  These beasts have been so sassy, snippy and surly, young readers love it when they get what they’ve got coming.  And so do some of the older readers too.  My son still brings me this book when I’ve had a bad, unfair kind of day. 

Reading it out loud is pure fun although you better be prepared for Cajun patter. 

Who is this book meant for?  Anyone young or old whose had to deal with sass or lip or just needs a really good laugh.  The main character may be an elderly reptile but kids feel left out and left behind enough to identify with the elder gator. 


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