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I have a big fear of alligators. I grew up in Florida and have seen them up close (too close) and personal several times. Shudder. But I’m also fascinated by them. I’ve written a Putrid Poem about them and a predator poem about saltwater crocs (maybe I’ll share that one next week if I remember), and I’ve shared part of Mary Oliver’s “Alligator Poem.”
So, I was pleasantly horrified to see a new poetry collection all about alligators from Jane Yolen! I was suitably creeped out by Alligator’s Smile (Millbrook, 2016) (buy from your indie bookseller here) and am sharing one of my favorites here.
The alligator underwater
In the swamp or bog
Quite often seems a harmless rock
Or piece of floating log.
She hides her back, her legs, her tail.
But do not be mistaken.
For if you think she’s just a log,
You surely will be taken.
Her eager eyes spy out the meal
That swims on unaware,
Then grabs and rolls it in the swamp–
The perfect gator snare.
–Jane Yolen, all rights reserved
(Please ignore the wonky spacing. I have tried without success to make it look right, as it does in print.)
In case you’re wondering why all the books I’ve shared lately have been from Lerner and/or Millbrook specifically, I’m not trying to play favorites (even though I love them!). When I was at the Minnesota Children’s Book Festival a few weeks ago, Lerner had a stack of catalogs out, and I picked one up. After paging through and highlighting about a million books that looked good, I started putting some on reserve. So I just happen to be reading tons of Lerner titles lately:>)
And for more poetry fun, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup. Tricia, Poetry Princess and wonderful educator at The Miss Rumphius Effect, is hosting! Give her weekly Monday poetry challenges a try:>)