Later Gator, In a While Crocodile

Mike Fortunato
Outskirts Press (2013)
ISBN: 9781478712855
Reviewed by Miles Cassells (age 3.5) and Mom for Reader Views Kids (01/14)

“Later Gator, In a While Crocodile” by Mike Fortunato was a super fun book to read with Miles. Lately, Miles has been interested in reptiles and learning about them in school, so when we sat down to read this book he was excited. Not to mention, “later gator” is a favorite expression when saying bye to someone on their way out the door.

Gator is hanging out in the swamp and realizes none of his friends can come and play with him. He is lonely and wished there was someone to hang out with. Then, along comes Crocodile. Gator wasn’t sure how he was going to play with him because he was an alligator and the crocodile was, well, a crocodile. After discovering that they are very similar in their abilities and enjoy the same things, they joined up to have a blast in this 3 part picture book.

“Later Gator, In a While Crocodile” by Mike Fortunato is a great example of how to teach children that even though we may be slightly different, we are all still the same. We can come from different species and still be friends, or in our case as humans, different races. This is a lovely way to remind children that we can all play together and have lots of fun even if we look different from each other. This is a lesson that many adults need to learn as well.

Awesome book!!

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