How Gator Says Good-bye!
Abigail Samoun, illus. by Sarah Watts. Sterling, $6.95 (22p) ISBN 978-1-4549-0821-0
Literary agent Samoun and illustrator Watts take readers on a lively and useful around-the-world tour, teaching them how to say au revoir in eight languages (including French) as they go. A dapper alligator in suspenders and bow tie serves as tour guide: “He says ‘Ilaa al-liqaa!’ in Egypt.... He says ‘Zài jiàn!’ in China.” Phonetic pronunciations appear for each send-off (Russian, Hindi, Japanese, and Spanish goodbyes are also featured), and the journey ends where it began, in San Francisco. A smart, well-executed idea. Simultaneously available: How Hippo Says Hello! Ages 2–4. [em]Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Feb.) [/em]
Reviewed on: 02/24/2014