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Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast

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There's going to be a feast! And everyone is here with food from A to Z! There is Elderberry Elixir from Elephant and Mocha Mousse made by Mouse. By the time Zebra Zips in with his Zaftig Zucchini, there will be enough food to feed a zoo! So come and join the party and don't forget your appetite!

"Dragonwagon's alliterative alphabet story describes the guests and menu of the most unusual Thanksgiving feast. Animals from Alligator to Zebra celebrate together with a potluck dinner. . . . (The) ...

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Overview

There's going to be a feast! And everyone is here with food from A to Z! There is Elderberry Elixir from Elephant and Mocha Mousse made by Mouse. By the time Zebra Zips in with his Zaftig Zucchini, there will be enough food to feed a zoo! So come and join the party and don't forget your appetite!

"Dragonwagon's alliterative alphabet story describes the guests and menu of the most unusual Thanksgiving feast. Animals from Alligator to Zebra celebrate together with a potluck dinner. . . . (The) illustrations are bright of color and sure of line, varied in composition, and humorous in tone. . . . make way for this good-natured picture book."--Booklist. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this jaunty concept book, a motley menagerie assembles a bounteous Thanksgiving repast. PW said, ``Bouncy illustrations give this meal a carnival-like merriment, making it a jubilant feast for the eyes.'' Ages 5-8. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689716133
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/30/1992
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 803,847
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated many books together — he draws the outlines and designs the pages; she paints the illustrations. Aruego, a native of the Philippines, was a lawyer before becoming an illustrator, and now lives in New York City. Dewey was born in Chicago and also lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    Unexpected Holiday Delight!

    Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast is an endearing story. It is so cute it begs to be read repeatedly. The illustrations are adorable, and they remind me of a cross between Sandra Boynton's crazy characters, and Richards Scarry's Busytown animals. Technically speaking, the illustrations are very basic with simple washes of color, but the personalities of the animals are so droll the pictures are irresistible. I wasn't sure how my son would react to this book. He's in Kindergarten, thus, he's outgrown alphabet books, but he adored this Thanksgiving tale. Many of the food items are new to his young eyes, and he was curious about each one. The copyright page is a two-page spread that features all the menu items. The food is in alphabetic order, and labeled accordingly. I think we discussed this page four separate times. We also poured over the picture where the tables are set, and the place cards are aligned in front of the each place setting. My son wanted to address each animal, and was distraught when he discovered there wasn't an animal for the letter 'R'. He kept telling me that the Pigs should have invited a rabbit. What could I do but agree with him? Parents will like reading this short, 40-page tale because it's clever, and amusing. The vegetarians will be pleased as well, because all the food choices are vegan. The book doesn't offer an age recommendation, but I think 3 to 6 years is probably appropriate. This is an unexpected holiday delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    Delectable ABC

    I have used this teaching my kindergarten class and at home with my own children. Lots of giggles when Bear Brought Banana Bread, Cat Carried Cherry Cobbler, etc. At this potluck Thanksgiving feast, Turkey is a guest who Trucks in Turnips, not an entree. Sometimes we bring in some of the dishes too. Delightful and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    Fun to read

    My 3 year old and I really enjoy this book. It involves animals bringing food for a Thanksgiving feast, so it is particularly enjoyable to read in the fall. The book uses an animal, verb, and food(s) for each letter; for example: 'Indira of India imparted ice cream.'

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