Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-hot Tale
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: Sally Anne Lambert
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Publication Year: 2004
Brief Summary: An aging alligator cooks up his maman’s recipe for spicy gumbo, getting no help from the skunk, possum, or otter.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2007 Winner Grades 3-5 Louisiana
- Children’s Choices, 2005 ; International Reading Association
- Science/cooking: Use the recipe in the back of the book and cook it in a crock-pot. (Give students’ a week’s notice so they can sign up for ingredients.) Instead of possum, skunk and otter, what can we use as substitute?
- Does this story remind you for another story? (Little Red Hen) What are some similarities/differences in…Plot? Setting? Characters? Ending?
- Discuss swamp animals — students can research animals mentioned in the book and write about special characteristics
- Swamps — what are the characteristics of this setting?
- Social Studies: Louisiana/Cajun culture. Facts, food, people, history, etc.
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Art, science, social studies connections
- Text-to-text connections
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library