Houghton Mifflin Reading: The Nation's Choice: Theme Paperbacks, Below-Level Grade 6 Theme 3 - Later, Gator

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If Teddy had his way, he would get his annoying little brother socks for his birthday--but his mother insists he get his brother something special. Teddy chooses an alligator! He's sure it's the perfect gift, and that Bobby will be terrified--wrong! The author draws on memories of growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown to create this story of sibling rivalry.

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Adopting a light tone far removed from the solemnity of Hiroshima (see boxed review, page 297), Yep trains his attention on a close-knit family in San Francisco's Chinatown. Teddy's mother, insisting that he put some effort into choosing a birthday present for his practically perfect younger brother, sends him to the pet shop to buy a turtle. But Teddy, no paragon, picks out a baby alligator instead, hoping to horrify little Bobby. (A note tacked onto the end of the novel advises readers on more humane approaches to choosing a pet.) Bobby, however, is thrilled, and Teddy finds himself working with Bobby to persuade their parents to let the alligator stay. Yep's portrayal of the family is warm, wise and humorous. In examining classic issues like sibling rivalry, he adds the special filter of the Chinese American experience: just after Teddy complains to his mother that everyone likes Bobby better than him, Teddy tells the reader, "Right about now I could have really used a hug. My parents, though, never showed their affection like the white parents on television. I wanted a hug so bad that it almost hurt." The story may be a slender one, but the insights here are generous. Ages 8-12.
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