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Alligators All Around (The Nutshell Library) Paperback – March 15, 1991

4.2 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Nutshell Library Series

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Those alligators really do get around! Whether they're entertaining elephants, making macaroni, having headaches, or throwing tantrums, the rascally reptiles are never napping! Maurice Sendak's alphabet book will have young "readers" reciting their ABC's in no time. The three-color illustrations endear these quite quarrelsome critters to readers' hearts. Mom, Dad, and Junior are brimming with personality; the collective images create a complete picture of the nutty--yet remarkably familiar--household. Somehow, these likable lizards manage to capture the foibles and peculiarities of human nature better than many bipeds ever could. Yet beneath their very vain and sometimes shockingly spoiled surface, the friendly fanged creatures have a charm that no one can resist. Sendak, beloved author-illustrator of such classics as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Chicken Soup with Rice, much like his green gator gang, is always getting giggles. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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An alligator jamboree, with all the letters—A through Z.

--This text refers to the Board book edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Series: The Nutshell Library
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064432548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064432542
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
Wow! This is the best alphabet book ever! With words such as "N Never Napping, O Ordering Oatmeal, P Pushing People", along with adorable pictures of the goofy alligator pulling these stunts, this book is the love of many young children. Any child who misses out on this book is missing out on a treasure!
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Format: Paperback
Maurice Sendak's Alligators All Around: An Alphabet portrays a family of three alligators through the ups and downs of daily life in their household. Not a traditional narrative, the personalities of the alligator family emerge in a series of humorous vignettes associated with each letter of the alphabet. "D" shows the child grudgingly helping his father "doing dishes"; "G" shows the family enjoying each other's company "getting giggles"; "T" shows the child "throwing tantrums," which may be the cause for "H" showing the parents in bed with cold compresses "having headaches." Each letter receives one page, with three-color illustrations appearing in boxed panels. Sendak's unique style comes through, with the alligator parents showing shades of "wild things" and the alligator child marching across the pages like Max. Beneath the illustrations, an uppercase serif letter appears in the lower-left corner along with the associated phrase of words starting with the letter. Children will love the small size of the book (approximately 5"x7") and will notice the relationship between the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make in words.
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The protagonist of this story is a suave, precociously cultured alligator. Through a series of events that range from shocking to awe-inspiring, the alligator regales the reader with powerful depictions of the versatility and charm that can be found in the alphabet. I found this book to be no less than the pinnacle of alphabet teaching aids, with its captivatingly vivid imagery that grabs the reader's interest and refuses to let go. People of all ages, particularly very young children, will find this book invaluable as a letter learning tool.
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I grew up with the video "Really Rosie" by Carol King based on these books and It is wonderful! I am really enjoying reading/singing these books to my 3 year old daughter at night and she loves them too. (I got the 4 pack) and they have taught her the alphabet, (expanding her vocabulary quite a bit), the months of the year in "Chicken Soup with Rice" and to count to 10 and back again in "One was Johnny". Maurice Sendak is probably my favorite children's writer and if you know "Where the Wild Things Are" or "Little Bear" in both print and TV, these books are a must have for any parent and child. A real Treasure!
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Format: Library Binding
Maurice Sendak and learning the alphabet! This combination is a winner. I loved this book so much as a child. I now use it as a stress reducer in my adult life. Maurice Sendak was before his time with this one. Children of all ages can glean something from it. Whether it is learning the alphabet or getting the giggles with the letter "G". A must for all great home libraries.
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ANYTHING by Maurice Sendak is more than worth the price, but I've loved the Really Rosie series of story-songs since I was a kid myself, and delight in sharing them with my kids now! They love 'em, too!
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I found this book in Japanese at a store, and brought it home, but, unfortunately, the translated version does not show the lovely rhythm of the original. So, I wanted to get the English version of the book. I should have bought a hard cover book !!
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This is an alphabet book featuring alligators drawn by Maurice Sendak. Each letter has the alligators doing some activity, such as getting giggles for "g" or throwing tantrums for "t". The book is cute and not scary. It has about 60 words.
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