The Three Little Gators by Helen Ketteman

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A delightfull retelling of the three little pigs story. Three little gators strike out on their own in an east Texas swamp. Their mother warns them to build strong houses that can protect them from Big-bottomed Boar, who likes to eat tasty, tender gators for his snack. Soon, First Gator builds himself a nice house out of rocks. Second Gator reckons rocks are too much work, so he builds his house with sticks. And Third Gator’s house of sand is the easiest one to build! But soon Big-bottomed Boar shows up.  With a bump, bump, bump of the fierce boar's rump, he knocks over Third Gator's house of sand.  It doesn't take long for that rump to bump Second Gator's house of sticks.  But he can't knock over Third Gator's house of stones, so he tries another way in - through the chimney!  Guess what happens to the Boar's rump after that?!

About Helen Ketteman

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Helen Ketteman is the author of more than nineteen picture books, including Armadilly Chili and The Three Little Gators, a 2010 Wanda Gág Award Honor Book. A longtime resident of Texas, she now lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, with her husband.Author Web Will Terry has illustrated seventeen children's books, most recently The Three Bully Goats. He teaches illustration part-time at Utah Valley State College, creates e-book apps, and lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, with his wife and three sons.
Published November 16, 2010 by Albert Whitman & Company. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The three take their turns tripping across the bridge, the cheerfully nice ogre attempting to make friends with them and getting rebuffed by the grouchy goats.

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When her three young ’uns are old enough, Mama Gator sends them off into the world with a warning to watch out for that Big-bottomed Boar: “Tasty, tender gators are his favorite snack.” The adventurous little gators build their three houses of rocks, sticks and sand, respectively.

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When he's refused entry to the gators' houses, the boar threatens, ""Then I'll wiggle my rump with a bump, bump, bump and smash your house!"" The neon gators are differentiated only by a straw hat, a baseball cap, and a pair of glasses (which naturally belong to the smartest gator, who builds his...

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