Monday, November 11, 2013

Gator Gumbo, by Candace Fleming

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 these animals tease him until, finally, he decides to cook up some gumbo just like Mama used to make.

Just like the Little Red Hen, no one wants to help him boil, catch, sprinkle, and chop for the gumbo. 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.

"I filled the pot, caught the crawdads, picked the okra and ground the spices and I even added the rice. So now am gonna eat this all by myself?"

He lets each take a slurp and then with a slip and a plop all the animals go into the pot "Mmm-mmm," says Monsieur Gator. "Now, this is gumbo just like Mama used to make."

Reviewed by Doris, First Regional Library

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