The Alligator’s Smile by Jane Yolen, and Jason Stemple is full of smiling alligators. Each poem in this entertaining and instructive collection is accompanied by a related informational blurb. I like the idea of pairing alligators and poetry together. Each page features a poem about an alligator and pairs it with a factoid. On the opposite page of the poem are high quality photography of alligators that depict the fact shared. The photographs are intimate close-up photos. The reader is able to see the sparkle in a critter’s eye. These type of photographs typically are reserved for picture books about puppies or kitties or frogs not alligators. Some of these alligator photos exude such cuteness.
At the back of the book are more detailed alligator facts and references for further investigation. A wonderful book to be used when teaching a unit on alligators as well as poetry. This book will interest both boys and girls of various ages. A must for all school libraries.
I received this book from Lerner Publishing Group and Hillbrook Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.