The Lady with the Alligator Purse

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The old jump rope/nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.

The old jump rope/nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.

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Overview

The old jump rope/nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.

The old jump rope/nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Miss Lucy had a baby, his name was Tiny Tim. She put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim.'' This silly rhyme features a joyfully portrayed cast of characters. The Lady's purse appears to be real alligator; its back opens up magically to produce pizza. The rest of the loony people include a goofy doctor and nurse and the intrepid Tiny Tim, who attempts to swallow a whole bathtub in one zany picture. The mayhem is rendered in a loose drawing style enhanced by bright pastel colors. The endpapers include charming folios of The Lady and Tiny Tim surrounded by a cheerful border of alligator purses. Westcott's own surprise ending is sheer delight, giving a brand-new shine to a favorite verse. Ages 3-8. (April)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A familiar nonsense rhymes is now available in board book form. It doesn't lose anything in the transformation. Westcott's light and bright illustrations suit the zany verse, and her ending offers a contemporary touch. It will amuse toddlers who may clamor for a bedroom pizza party of their own.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Westcott adapts a jump rope rhyme about the misadventures of Tiny Tim to create a zany book of non sense that demands reading aloud. Af ter the mischievous baby drinks his bathwater, eats the soap, and tries to stuff the bathtub down his throat, his mother calls the doctor, the nurse, and the lady with the alligator purse. When medical cures fail, the lady produces pizza. The colorful illustrations filled with frenzied activities sustain the silli ness and the absurdity of the story. The alligator purse is a miniature alligator with a handle on its back, for example. Even the cat and the dog are part of the energetic fun, pulling up chairs next to Tim's bed for a pizza feast. A book that children are sure to devour. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ . , Minn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316931366
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 136,122
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman is a former Children's Poet Laureate and a winner of the National Book Award. During her tenure as Children's Poet Laureate, Ms. Hoberman visited numerous classrooms and libraries, introducing both children and adults to the joys of reading and memorizing poetry. She is the author of more than forty books for children, including All Kinds of Families! and the award-winning You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    Childhood Favorite

    This is the third copy of this book, that I have purchased. I teach preschool and have taught kindergarten and my kids love this story and song. I have worn threw one copy and shared one with a friend. I wish there was a CD along with the book, that is the only thing that this story could possibly need. This a fun rhyming tale, that makes everyone smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Classrom Fun

    I am an elementary music teacher and love using stories with songs in class. The kids love singing along with this book and the pictures are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    oh goodness

    I'm a third grade teacher with a class of 12 students that are below grade level in reading. The librarian at our school gave me a box of books to use, and this book was one of them. My students are NEVER excited about reading. I had them reading during an independent work time and heard a bit of noise. I was expecting to see them being silly and not reading, but I saw 3 of my students crowded around this book, practically dancing every time 'the lady with the alligator purse' rhyme was on the page. They LOVED this book. It's a standard in our class now, and I think I'm going to have to buy a copy, since the old copy I currently have might not make it to the end of the year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2001

    I was Grand!

    It really caught the essence of the story and i enjoyed it wholeheartitly all the words in th story touched my heart heart with an amazing zing o the ending.. K.K

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