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Egad alligator!
Ziefert, Harriet.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
An innocent young alligator tries to make friends with various animals, but they all run away, shouting, "Egads, alligator!"
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 58827.
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PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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His brother might be tired, but Little Gator sure isn't. He wants to go exploring. So while his brother rests on the banks of the mangrove swamp, Little Gator swims off in search of new friends. On his journey he encounters all kinds of creatures, but when he tries to introduce himself, they all run away shouting, "Egad Alligator!" Feeling discouraged, Little Gator wonders how he can make friends when everyone is afraid of him. Tired and lonely, he tries to find a place to rest, but Little Gator soon discovers that he too can be frightened.

Author Notes

Harriet Ziefert is a children's author born in 1941 in New Jersey. She has written several hundred children's books, including the Little Hippo series. Ziefert and illustrator Emilie Bon have collaborated on a series of "Little Hippo" books, the first of which was published in 1988 by Viking Penguin. The books are written for children between 1 1/2 to 5 years-of-age. They are intended to help children deal with change, like the addition of a new baby to the family or moving to a new house.

Her titles include Little Hippo's New Baby, Little Hippo's New Friend, Little Hippo's New School and Grandpa, Will You Play With Me?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. Little Gator journeys from his home in the mangrove swamp to go exploring, leaving his brother napping on the bank: "See ya later, alligator!" He comes across some interesting people, but they throw up their hands and scream "Egad Alligator!" Same for the herons, who flap their wings, fly away, and screech the same thing. Confused, Little Gator wonders why his friendly approach meets with such a bad reception. Resting on a big log, he suddenly realizes that he's not on a log: "Egad Python!" Not bothering to stick around to find out if this python is friend or foe, he scurries home, at last understanding the reactions of others. On return, his now-awake brother asks, "Want to go exploring?" McKie's appealing paintings are executed in a primitive style and colored in pure earth tones. Their spare look keeps the focus on the story's valuable message about being able to understand the other fellow's point of view. Kathy Broderick.

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Little Gator goes exploring there's no telling what trouble he'll encounter in this misadventure from the team behind Squarehead. Here, Ziefert takes an alligator's eye-view as she imagines the hero on the go. He's only trying to be friendly, but when he meets a group of people they all shriek, "Egad Alligator!" He tries to taste potato chips at a picnic and someone slings an arrow at him. Frightened, Little Gator runs away. Even as he retreats, he's rebuffed first, by white herons who think he will steal their eggs, then by baseball players who try to "bop him over the head" when he attempts to catch a ball between his teeth. When Little Gator finally meets something that scares him, the tables are turned ("Egad python!" he cries). McKie's childlike illustrations, saturated patches of thickly applied paints in pumpkin orange, gourd green and butter yellow provide just the right accompaniment. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-While his brother naps, Little Gator goes exploring. He attempts to befriend a group of people and some nesting herons, but they are all afraid of him and yell "EGAD ALLIGATOR!" upon his approach. When he shows interest in the food at a picnic and in a softball game, someone shoots an arrow at him and someone else tries to hit him with a baseball bat. After these unpleasant experiences, he starts for home, only to be confronted by something that he's frightened of-"EGAD PYTHON!-which causes him to flee to his brother and familiar surroundings. McKie's flat, primitive, predominantly green and blue illustrations adequately depict the story's action but do not elevate this average tale. Florence Parry Heide's Some Things Are Scary (Candlewick, 2000) is a better choice to elicit discussion about fears. Not up to the author's usual fare.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.