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Alligators / Crocodiles
Submitted by: Mandy Carrico, High Meadows
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Snip Snap! What's That? by:Mara Bergman
Three siblings are frightened by the wide mouth, long teeth, and strong jaws of the alligator who has crept up the stairs - until they decide they have had enough.
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by:Keith Faulkner
A wide-mouthed frog is interested in what other creatures eat - until he meets an alligator that eats wide-mouthed frogs!
Alligator Boy by:Cynthia Rylant
A boy puts on an alligator head and tail and is transformed into an alligator boy.
Songs
5 Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging in a tree.
Teasin' Mr. Crocodile, can't catch me!
When along came Mr. Crocodile (sway your hand side to side)
(whisper this part) hungry as can be and...
SNAPPED that monkey right out of that tree! (clap hands together on the word "snap")

Repeat song with four little monkeys, then three, and so on.
The Alligator Is My Friend
(This is a song I learned in camp. It's a repeat song, which I find works well for story times. The librarian sings the line and then the kids repeat. I've included a weblink so you can see the song performed on YouTube)

The alligator is my friend,
He can be yours too,
If only you would understand,
That's he's got feelings too.

Aaaaaaligator! (Hold hands open while singing this word and clap them together on finishing it)
Aaaaaligator!
Aaaaaaaligator!!!!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

The alligator is my friend,
He loves to hug and flirt,
I'd rather have him as a friend,
then wear him as a shirt.

Aaaaaaaaligator!
Aaaaaligator!
Aaaaaaaligator!!!!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

The alligator is my friend,
he can be your friend too,
I'd rather have him as a friend,
than wear him as a shoe.

Aaaaaaaaligator!
Aaaaaligator!
Aaaaaaaligator!!!!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

The alligator is my friend,
he has a silly smell,
I'd rather have him as my friend,
then wear him as a belt

Aaaaaaaaligator!
Aaaaaligator!
Aaaaaaaligator!!!!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

Weblink:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsEJ25oTBCc&feature=related