The Three Little Gators

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A delightfull retelling of the three little pigs story. Three little gators strike out on their own in an east Texas swamp. Their mother warns them to build strong houses that can protect them from Big-bottomed Boar, who likes to eat tasty, tender gators for his snack. Soon, First Gator builds himself a nice house out of rocks. Second Gator reckons rocks are too much work, so he builds his house with sticks. And Third Gator's house of sand is the easiest one to build! But soon Big-bottomed Boar shows up. With a ...

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Overview

A delightfull retelling of the three little pigs story. Three little gators strike out on their own in an east Texas swamp. Their mother warns them to build strong houses that can protect them from Big-bottomed Boar, who likes to eat tasty, tender gators for his snack. Soon, First Gator builds himself a nice house out of rocks. Second Gator reckons rocks are too much work, so he builds his house with sticks. And Third Gator's house of sand is the easiest one to build! But soon Big-bottomed Boar shows up. With a bump, bump, bump of the fierce boar's rump, he knocks over Third Gator's house of sand. It doesn't take long for that rump to bump Second Gator's house of sticks. But he can't knock over Third Gator's house of stones, so he tries another way in - through the chimney! Guess what happens to the Boar's rump after that?!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers-particularly from the Lone Star State-who can't get enough of the original Three Little Pigs may enjoy this Texan transformation from the team behind Armadilly Chili. Ketteman's story features three gap-toothed young gators who outwit the Big-bottomed Boar, but the tag lines are not quite as memorable as the original wolf's huffing and puffing. When he's refused entry to the gators' houses, the boar threatens, "Then I'll wiggle my rump with a bump, bump, bump and smash your house!" The neon gators are differentiated only by a straw hat, a baseball cap, and a pair of glasses (which naturally belong to the smartest gator, who builds his house out of rocks). Ketteman adds a subtle-if somewhat didactic-message about sloth by having the gators scorn each others' building materials ("Bad choice.... Rocks are heavy and too much work"). Still, folksy details in both text ("Third Gator ran faster than a fox after a muskrat") and art (a bottle of boar sauce sits next to the fireplace, as the boar earns some grill marks) should entertain. Ages 4-8.
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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This variation on the Three Little Pigs takes place in the east Texas swamp. Mama gator sends her "young ‘uns" out on their own with a warning about hungry Big-Bottomed Boar. First Gator chooses to build a house of rocks; his brothers say that is too much work. Second Gator decides to build a stick house. Looking for even less work, Third Gator builds a sand house on the river bank. He is awakened by the "snurfing" of Big-Bottomed Boar asking to be let in. When told no, the boar wiggles his rump with a "bump, bump, bump" destroying the house and sending Third Gator running to Second Gator's. Big-Bottomed Boar smashes that house in the same way. The two gators run to First Gator's. When the boar cannot smash that house, he pushes down the chimney, lands his rump on a hot grill, and runs away. Good choices are a theme in this version. This trio of happy-go-lucky gators with big, round, bulging white eyeballs and antic posturing dominates the stage, except when Terry fills a page with that mean-looking boar. The bayou setting is dense with humidity and plant life. Comedy prevails as the boar goes through his repeated routine and the gators finally triumph, building their rock houses together in the end. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

This version of the familiar story is set deep in the east Texas swamp. Three little gators set off on their own, leaving their mama, who warns them to be careful of the Big-bottomed Boar. And when they build their flimsy houses, readers will know what to expect. But Ketteman's retelling, including a sassy Texas twang, makes the story hilarious and bright. Add in a catchy chorus, repeated each time the Big-bottomed Boar comes visiting, and readers will be chiming in on cue. "Then I'll wiggle my rump with a bump, bump, bump and smash your house!" Terry's illustrations work well with the story. The colors are vibrant yet ominous and swampy. The textures are also wonderful, from the smoothness of gator hide and graininess of the swamp sand to the hairiness of the ugly boar. A fun choice for libraries and classrooms.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ

Kirkus Reviews
What if the Big Bad Wolf was actually a Big-bottomed Boar; and the Three Little Pigs...? When her three young 'uns are old enough, Mama Gator sends them off into the world with a warning to watch out for that Big-bottomed Boar: "Tasty, tender gators are his favorite snack." The adventurous little gators build their three houses of rocks, sticks and sand, respectively. Third Gator is awakened by the snurfing and snorting of the Boar, whose sharp tusks and close-set eyes look truly terrifying. He wiggles his rump ("with a bump, bump, bump") and makes short work of the sand house. Likewise the stick house, but the stone house presents a challenge, prompting the Boar to make the mistake of trying its chimney. Ketteman's text is lean and serviceable, with country-isms and onomatopoeia lending well to reading aloud. The book's chief attraction, however, is Terry's hilarious illustrations. His funny gators have distinct personalities, and the picture of the Boar stuck in the chimney is inspired. Brisk fun. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807578247
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 200,325
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    Exceptionally Good Book!

    A spin on the three little pigs that your child will love. This is my daughter's favorite book and I read it almost every night to her. Make sure you read with a southern accent and your child will be even more delighted :-)

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