Gator Gumbo: Candace Fleming

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:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • 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

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