Why Alligator Hates Dog: A Cajun Folktale

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In the Cajun country of Louisiana, Alligator is king of the swamps king to everyone that is, except sassy old Dog. Storyteller J.J. Reneaux's musical rendering of this old folktale explains how the feud between Alligator and Dog got started in the first place. When Alligator finally corners Dog in his swamphole, he falls for the oldest trick in the book. Next time, he promises, he'll get that Dog for sure. But will he?

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Overview

In the Cajun country of Louisiana, Alligator is king of the swamps king to everyone that is, except sassy old Dog. Storyteller J.J. Reneaux's musical rendering of this old folktale explains how the feud between Alligator and Dog got started in the first place. When Alligator finally corners Dog in his swamphole, he falls for the oldest trick in the book. Next time, he promises, he'll get that Dog for sure. But will he?

When sassy old Dog tricks Alligator, king of the swamps, it starts a feud that continues to this day in the Louisiana bayous.

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This Cajun folktale with its lush illustrations brings the Louisiana bayou to your living room. The author spins a good tale about the eternal war between a dog and the hungry alligator who lives nearby. This is an expertly woven yarn sure to please all children. 2001, August House Little Folk, $6.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: E. Fox SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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PreS-Gr 2-All creatures fear M'su Cocodrie, king of the swamp, except for Dog, who taunts the alligator daily from the safety of the cabin he shares with Man. When Alligator finally gets his chance to make mincemeat out of Dog, he is outsmarted by his quick-thinking victim and subsequently spends his days in the swamp with just his eyes above water, waiting to get revenge. The text of this simple Cajun folktale reads aloud well, and the accompanying pictures are richly conceived, depicting the swamp in myriad shades of greens and browns. Most of the illustrations are spread over two pages, which is effective. Unfortunately, several single-page illustrations are confusing and run into one another. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to see folktales from the Cajun Louisiana tradition-they definitely make for good storytelling.-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Janice Del Negro
"Back in the olden days, M'su Cocodrie was king of the swamps and bayous. . ". . Everybody was scared of Alligator's sharp teeth and big tail. Everybody, that is, except for that sassy old Dog." Teased unmercifully by Dog, the alligator is determined to exact his revenge. Sure enough, he gets his chance, and it's only quick thinking that saves Dog from becoming alligator dinner. Green's paintings represent the text effectively, the deep greens and earth tones evoking an appropriately dark environment" for the scheming M'su Cocodrie, and Reneaux's version of a pourquoi tale has good pacing, style, and wit. The large single-and double-page spreads make the book ideal for large group read-alouds, and storytellers as well as new readers will welcome the accessible retelling to American folktale collections. Reneaux, a noted Cajun storyteller, includes source information as well as a note on Cajun dialect.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874834123
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.57 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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