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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: BookFestival
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 4, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316931365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316931366
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The lady of nonsense-rhyme fame cures Tiny Tim of his mysterious ailment in this whimsically illustrated rendition. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Fun to read and the pictures are a hoot.
Bruce Boyes
I was very, very disappointed when we received it and found it lacks one of the best pages in the paperback edition.
sm23
The first one was read so much it finally fell apart!
Jill Ferratt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
As an Early Childhood program assistant for 3 to 5 year olds, I can highly recommend this book. The rollicking, repititious lines of the book are mesmerizing for the children as well as the adults. Before going just a few pages, the children are joining in, giving them a real sense of "reading" along. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on May 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this fun version of the classic jump rope rhyme, Tiny Tim drinks the bathwater and eats the soap...compelling his panicked mother to call the doctor, nurse, and lady with the alligator purse. Guess which one figures out how to cure him (and not with medicine)?

This soon became a favorite of my 2-year-old daughter, who often requests me to sing it in the car. It's silly, it's simple, and it rhymes, which makes it pretty much a surefire hit for her age group. Although she's still too young to fully grasp all the details (she keeps trying to identify the bunny slippers as "measles") she is starting to understand why a pizza would be a good remedy for Tiny Tim. The illustrations are cute, particularly the alligator purse, and they are active enough to prompt her to talk about the unusual details she sees.

I bought the box set that includes Skip to My Lou and Miss Mary Mack along with a cassette, and highly recommend it. Be advised that as board books, however, they are compact, concise and include only one stanza, so they are more of a fun, quick read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2000
Format: Board book
My daughter is only 5 months old, but when I read this book to her, we both laughed out loud! I look forward to reading it to her for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sm23 on November 6, 2010
Format: Board book
I did not want to bring the ratings of this book down because we absolutely love it, however the board book edition only deserves two stars in my opinion because of an unfortunate omission. We owned the paperback and it was so loved that it fell apart, so I bought the board book thinking that it would be a sturdier choice. I was very, very disappointed when we received it and found it lacks one of the best pages in the paperback edition. The page has no words on it only a picture so I guess they thought it wasn't necessary, and maybe took it out to make the board book less chunky, but a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case that is definitely true.

The page comes just after the page when lady with the alligator purse announces "Pizza!" and before the page where the doctor and nurse leave. It shows everyone, even the doctor, nurse, cat and dog eating the pizza. It is such a funny page, Tiny Tim has pizza practically flying into his mouth. In my opinion this page provides the perfect transition from the announcement of pizza to time for everyone to leave. Without this page I feel the transition is a little jumpy. I highly recommend the paperback over the board book, which is unfortunate because I like the sturdiness of board books. Everyone in my family loves this book, from my husband, myself, 5 year old, 2 year old, and my 16 month old (although the 16 month old only has the attention span for about half of it).

PS this book is based on a song, if you don't know the tune try looking on you tube and you will find some videos of people singing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon E Olivetti on September 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We were extremely disappointed to find the best page of the book missing. I guess they condense it for a board book. This is my daughters favorite book in regular form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LOVETOFISH on February 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My granddaughter loves this book. I think all small children do. Illustrations are great and we talk about what is in each picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By astrochick on September 18, 2004
Format: Board book
i just bought this book for my three year old daughter yesterday, and i must have read it to her 20 times! she loves it and reads it back to me, she's practically memorized it!! the silly story, catchy rhymes and playful illustrations keep her coming back for more.
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Format: Board book
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
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More About the Author

Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated over 100 books, including I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY, PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY, MISS MARY MACK, SILLY MILLY, GOING ON A BOOK HUNT,THE LIBRARY DOORS, UP DOWN AND AROUND, EENSY WEENSY SPIDER, and DO PIRATES TAKE BATHS?. Initially, she designed greeting cards for Hallmark Cards and later, Hartland Cards, a company she and her husband operated in Woodstock, VT. Today, Nadine lives in Nantucket, MA and divides her time between illustrating and designing her own line of fabrics.

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