Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-hot Tale by Candace FlemingGator Gumbo: A Spicy-hot Tale by Candace Fleming

Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-hot Tale

byCandace FlemingIllustratorSally Anne Lambert

Hardcover | March 9, 2004

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A new take on The Little Red Hen -- Cajun style

Poor Monsieur Gator is getting old and is moving so slow he can't catch himself a taste of possum or otter, or even a whiff of skunk. Day after day those animals tease and taunt him until, finally, he decides to cook up some gumbo just like Maman used to make. But who will help him boil, catch, sprinkle, and chop? Certainly not rude Mademoiselle Possum, ornery Monsieur Otter, or sassy Madame Skunk. But when the gumbo is ready, they're more than eager to enjoy the result of Gator's hard work and as they run to get a taste - "Slurp! Slip! Plop! Them animals go into the pot." "Mmm-mmm," says Monsieur Gator. "Now, this is gumbo just like Maman used to make."

Illustrated with wit and whimsy, this mischievous tale will have young readers laughing out loud.

Candace Fleming's picture books include A Big Cheese for the White House. She lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Sally Anne Lambert has illustrated many picture books. She lives in Liverpool, England.
Title:Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-hot TaleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 8.92 × 0.39 inPublished:March 9, 2004Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374380503

ISBN - 13:9780374380502

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charm trumps grammar in great 'read aloud' story When I first began reading this book to my son, I was concerned about the improper grammar usage. On the second reading, I realized that the Cajun use of English, although technicaly improper was bang on authentic. My inner Cajun twang developed and soon opening the book transformed the room into a theatre. My 2 1/2 year old son could soon say, Do I look like lunch? in the best breathy starlet voice....think Marilyn Munroe from Louisiana singing happy birthday to JFK. A hoot to read if you are willing to be silly in a big way.
Date published: 2005-09-17

Editorial Reviews

"Creole cadence, playfulness with words, and good ol' out-smartin' flavor this tasty tale." -Kirkus Reviews"Fleming's sprightly text bounces right along as 'Mince! Dice! Chop! Them spices go into the pot.' A hint of wickedness and the lilting Cajun rhythms will spice up story time." -The Horn Book"A classic tale of contemptuous characters getting a well-deserved comeuppance." -School Library Journal"Fleming has a rhythmic way with words...a winning readaloud." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books