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Children's LiteratureGallant red turtle, Bartleby, arrives from New York at the Big Bayou with his close friend, alligator Seezer, but the vicious gator, Old Stump, betrays Seezer's fond memories of his home before capture. The friends find Grub, possibly Seezer's brother, and escape from Old Stump and his gang. With the help of kindly creatures they make their way to a swamp of friends. All are suspicious of the alligators' tendency to eat even their friends, perhaps, but Bartleby vouches for them. Bartleby's plucky spirit gets him friends and even a love—Lucky Gal—but he wanders far from the swamp after Seezer yells at him. Has he lost his friend? he wonders. Did he ever really have one? By the end of this engaging tale, friendship proves a bond that cannot be broken, even by absence. Together with Grub, Bartleby and Seezer trick Old Stump and his gang into the deep Mississippi, thus saving all in the gator hole. This fascinating tale of friendship between unlikely friends in the animal world will delight both girls and boys, particularly those enamored of animals and pets. 2005, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 8 to 12.