See You Later, Alligator!

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Going to school can be scary, but the kids at River Bottom School make saying good-bye to Mom and Dad easy. Silly reptilian and amphibian farewells help ease the anxiety of separation that children often feel when saying good-bye at the school or day care door. Bright, cheery paintings and witty text—printed on sturdy card-stock pages in a small, easy-to-hold size—complement one another in an inviting book that youngsters will ask for time and ...

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Overview

Going to school can be scary, but the kids at River Bottom School make saying good-bye to Mom and Dad easy. Silly reptilian and amphibian farewells help ease the anxiety of separation that children often feel when saying good-bye at the school or day care door. Bright, cheery paintings and witty text—printed on sturdy card-stock pages in a small, easy-to-hold size—complement one another in an inviting book that youngsters will ask for time and time again.

Alligators, turtles, and other reptile pupils enjoy a boisterous day in school.

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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book begins, "We go to River Bottom School/We say our good-bye's near the door," and then the reptilian students and their parents say their goodbyes with good humor. "In a blizzard, little lizard" fades away and the young students have a wonderful romp until the school day ends with goodbyes from the teacher like, "Time to scoot, warty newt," This is a great way for young children to practice school goodbyes and might give parents just the levity they need to raise a smile at parting.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The rollicking antics of the alligator kids at River Bottom school illustrate the old chant repeated in the title of this little book. Not content with just repeating the chant, the reptilian kids make up verses of their own-much to the anticipated delight of the little human ones in the audience who will, no doubt, be making up verses of their own before long.
School Library Journal
PreS-Grinning reptilian parents take their offspring to River Bottom School for a day of happy play. The book's emphasis is on upbeat separations-no tears or quivering chins here. In addition to the standard, ``See you later, alligator,'' the grown-ups say ``In a blizzard, little lizard'' and ``In a shake, garter snake.'' The young animals play with a variety of toys until it is time for their parents to pick them up. Once again rhymed phrases take over, such as ``Time to scoot, warty newt.'' These jingles and cavorting toads and salamanders are calculated to help youngsters forget their reluctance to leave their parents. Missing, though, is a look at stimulating nursery school days. The bare classroom contains little to convince readers that school will be fun. The book, with its stiff card pages and cartoonstyle illustrations, offers amusing alternatives to ``hello'' and ``goodbye.'' That aside, children will be better prepared by Harlow Rockwell's My Nursery School (1984) or Janet Ahlberg's Starting School (1990, both Puffin).-Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
April Judge
As a new school day begins, a little alligator bids his mother good-bye, saying, "See you later, alligator!" Continuing this use of silly sayings, the amphibian and reptile classmates converse, using both familiar and original chants, such as "No way, Jose" and "Okeydokey, Artichokey." Young children will "read" the action-packed, cartoonlike pictures that humorously depict this typical school day, as they delight in the fun-filled use of language. Although the story line is slight, the book will tickle the funny bones of young listeners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152003012
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    Loved it

    We read this book every day for a year! The rhyming is fun and looking for the small red dinosaur on each page is something fun, as well as reading the silly phrases. Our boy loved it!

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