I was born in Louisiana. I lived the first fifteen years of my life there. I can remember seeing alligators on many occasions – and not just at the zoo! One of my favorite alligator memories comes from a time when my grandfather took us on a boat ride in the bayou that abutted his back yard. There were dozens of alligators, and since we were in a small boat, they could easily have snapped at one of us. But they didn’t. They just slowly drifted around us, watching us with their eyes poked just above the water’s surface.
So, yes, personal memory there that had nothing to do with this book. Except that reading it made me feel like I was being reintroduced to an old friend. (Well, maybe not friend, exactly… more like acquaintance. ;])
The book itself is basic. It tells the story of an alligator’s life cycle from the moment an alligator hatches from its egg through its adult years. Focusing more on habitat than biology, Baby Alligator introduces its readers to the world of Louisiana swamps and the animals that live there.
The comment is made on one page that “Alligators and crocodiles have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.” Which is true, but is accompanied by an illustration showing a prehistoric-looking world with nothing but dinosaurs and reptiles.
Conclusion. A good, basic read.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret