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Lady with the Alligator Purse
     

Lady with the Alligator Purse

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by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)
 

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"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

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"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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316931359
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/28/1988
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.59(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of the critically acclaimed One of Each and the classic A House is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award.

Nadine Bernard Westcott is a well-known and award-winning illustrator of more than 100 picture books.

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The Lady With the Alligator Purse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
My two boys both loved this book growing up. We read it so often, we memorized it and would say it aloud together even when we didn't have the book with us. I have special, fond memories of it and have now purchased it for the next generation of my family's toddlers. Can't wait til they get their gift in the mail!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ISBN 0316930741 - The Lady with the Alligator Purse (the book, not the actual lady) seems to suffer from a split personality, in my opinion. Board books are generally made for the 0-3 age group, children who chew on books and bend or tear the pages. The Lady, and the rest of this set, to be accurate, is really for an older group, maybe 3-5. Hand clapping/slapping games are a bit advanced for the tiniest kids and since this rhyme is based on one of those games, it seems to indicate the book isn't for those tiniest kids. Miss Lucy had a baby... who would've eaten the bathtub if it fit down his throat. Fortunately, it didn't but Miss Lucy still put out the call to the doctor, who called the nurse, who called the lady with the alligator purse. Stop me if you've heard this before. All right, so you've probably heard it before, and a recap is probably not needed. Westcott's adaptation is fun - and cleaner than the rhyme we used when we were kids - and her illustrations are nice and the lack of the usual vibrant, colorful images that fill most books for the 0-3 age group might be another indicator that the book is aimed at slightly older little readers. Fun, and fun is good, but it's fun that's not even original, so I can't do better than 3 stars for it. - AnnaLovesBooks
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son LOVES this book! He enjoyed it for a couple of years. I think the silliness of it is what attracted him to the book. For a parent, it's an easy one to read.