“A rollicking ride full of irresistible fun!”
—Charles Ghigna, FatherGoose®, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated Returning to Earth
The classic cumulative tale There Was an Old Lady gets a Floridian flourish in this charming adaptation. Down in the southern swamps a hungry gator accidentally swallows a moth. Of course, he swallows a crab to get the moth! What will he swallow next? The gator predictably continues swallowing bigger and bigger creatures until the unexpected happens—all over the page! Along the way to its hilarious ending, the story—strengthened by the delightful illustrations—introduces readers of all ages to the many critters, both big and small, of the Florida swamp. With a familiar use of repetition and an abundance of rhythm, this silly story is perfect for read-aloud experiences.
About the Author
Author B. J. Lee earned an MA in library and information science from Simmons College. A Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member, her poetry is published in magazines and anthologies, including National Geographic’s Book of Nature Poetry.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator David Opie earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA in illustration as visual essay from the School of Visual Arts. He is a member of the Picture Book Artists Association and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth
By B. J. Lee
Illustrations by David Opie
32 pp. 8.5 x 11 31 color illustrations
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Alligators & Crocodiles
Age: 0-5 Grade: birth to K
Flesch Reading Ease: 98.8 Flesch-Kincaid: 0.44