Gator Gumbo by Candace Fleming
A Spicy-Hot Tale

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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.

About Candace Fleming

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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.
Published March 9, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Cooking. Fiction

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Poor Monsieur Gator, gettin’ old and slow, can’t catch himself a taste of critter, no how.

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And like the barnyard animals in The Little Red Hen, Mademoiselle Possum, Monsieur Otter and Madame Skunk all refuse to help as Monsieur Gator chops and peels the ingredients into the cauldron to make gumbo.

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