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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Kids; 1 edition (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552633381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552633380
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before Dennis Lee published Alligator Pie in 1974, the only poetry most Canadian children knew by heart was Mother Goose. Reading to his own daughters, the Governor General's Award-winning poet had noticed that the "jolly millers, little pigs and queens" of the old rhymes were no longer "home grown" and recognizable. So he started experimenting with a new kind of nursery rhyme, "not abolishing Mother Goose, but letting her take up residence among hockey sticks and high-rises." Alligator Pie was an immediate hit, and generations since have grown up chanting Lee's toe-tapping nonsense about laundromats, skyscrapers, rattlesnakes, and windshield wipers.

Lee, whose later books for children include Jelly Belly, The Ice Cream Store, and Bubblegum Delicious, has always been drawn to traditional verse forms in his children's poetry. Alligator Pie begins with familiar-sounding tongue twisters and bouncing rhymes for the very young, such as the whimsical "Willoughby Wallaby Woo" and rhythmic "Singa Songa." The longer and more complex poems for older children that conclude the volume, such as "Psychapoo" and "The Hockey Game," are reminiscent of the poetry of Edward Lear and A.A. Milne.

The lasting appeal of these 37 poems, however, lies in Lee's ability to transform the debris of modern everyday life--Coke machines and climbing bars--into a joyful celebration of childhood. For Canadian children, the plethora of place names, from Aklavik to Winnipeg, also instills a delightful sense of belonging. Although marred slightly by Frank Newfeld's dated and lacklustre illustrations, Alligator Pie is a classic in the field of children's poetry. (Ages 4 to 8) --Lisa Alward

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“Here is the book that put Canadian children’s literature on the map” -- Literary Review of Canada

“Lee's poetry delights in musical rhythms and easy rhymes that even the youngest book-lovers will enjoy. These are sure to be a popular offering.” -- Winnipeg Free Press

“With this series, Lee has barely begun to open his treasure chest of baby- and toddler-worthy rhymes: here’s hoping for more.” -- Quill & Quire

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Moore on March 14 2013
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How could I not love this fabulous book ! ! Bought it for a
lovely 4 year old - she laughs each time her parents read
it to her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pickyconsumer on Sept. 29 2010
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Aaah, a classic. This version has great illustrations, and so nice to have in a board book. Nice size for little hands. My four grown children can still chant this fun verse. It made all our lists of books the newest member of the family must have, but I won the right to give it to Grandkid #1.
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This is a great board book rendition of the poem Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee. The artwork that goes along with it is fantastic and very creative - we read it to my two year old, sing along together, act it out, and occasionally change a bit of the poem to match the art (her favorite part - "No kids!").

It's important to note that this book is *only* the single poem Alligator Pie. The other reviews listed here are wrong - this is not the classic 1974 book of different poems of the same name. This book has a lot of merit on its own, particularly for younger children.
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Read this thousands of times to my own kids and my students. Still make up our own rhymes to Alligator Pie. My 20 month old granddaughter is getting this next week and I can hardly wait to start her on Alligator Pie.
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This book was given as a baby shower gift. The woman who received it said she loved it as a child and is looking forward to enjoying it with her new babies (twins). Truly a classic piece of Canadian literature.
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My sons had this book when they were small; I've ordered this for my 4 yr. old grandson - silly rhymes help with listening and vocabulary. pleased that I received it; well packaged.
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This has introduced my Granddaughters to this performance which they will see live, performed by the Calgary Philharmonic as part of their 2014-2015 Sunday for Kids series.
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By Katy on April 14 2015
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This book is a classic from my own childhood and I was thrilled to pass it along to my friend's new baby! It is wonderfully (but gently) inappropriate and I love it!!
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