The Alligator's Smile

And Other Poems

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Get up close and personal with alligators in all their tooth-filled glory in this collection of poems by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen. Rhymes and rhythms reflect on how alligators hunt, keep warm, and care for young.

Stunning, large-scale photographs zoom in on these mighty hunters, while fun fact boxes accompany the poetry, providing details that are sure to pique young readers’ curiosity.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Category Animals
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.0
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF003190, JNF042000
Dewey 811/.54
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10 x 8
Guided Reading Level R
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, and Reviewed

Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 400 books across all genres and age ranges, including the Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. In 2022 she was named the The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Photographer: Jason Stemple

Jason Stemple is a photographer who lives in South Carolina with his family.


  • Utah Beehive Award Nominee, Nominated, 2017
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2017



“The mother-and-son team of Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems (2012) here focus on alligators. . . . [T]his is an intriguing blend of wordplay-rich verse, visuals, and introductory information.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A fabulous merging of science and poetry. . . . Beware: young readers with an interest in reptiles, science, or poetry are certain to snatch up this work. Recommended for most collections.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Fascinating facts and playful poems about the dinosaur’s smiling cousin . . . most are sneakily informative, and all are good fun to read aloud. . . . A splendid addition to . . . explorations of the natural world.”—Kirkus Reviews