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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Allison the Alligator was different. She was not like the other alligators. She disliked the murky waters of the swamp and longed for a bubble bath. She was sophisticated and tried convincing the other alligators that life was more than just lurking behind the bushes to pounce on prey. She craved delicate pastries. The other alligators were tired of her trying to make them understand sophistication and they swam away when she started a pleasant conversation with them. She decided to have a dinner party, the best one the swamp had ever seen, just to show the other alligators what they had been missing in their lives till now. She sent out fancy invitations to all the alligators and, after a little cajoling, they all agreed to attend the dinner party. Did the alligators enjoy the dinner party?
Allison the Alligator by Amy Provencal is a charming story about how there is always more to life than what is usually seen around us. The author puts the message across beautifully through the story of Allison. The illustrations bring the characters and story alive, and they also make Allison's individuality and personality tangible. It is a good story for tutors and parents to help children look beyond their comfort zones and also to reach out to discover the new things that surround them instead of getting comfortable in their lives. Changes in life are always important and it is encouraging and motivating to see Allison introducing new and exciting things in the swamp so the alligators will understand that there is more to life to enjoy.