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Alligator Pie
by Dennis Lee
Book: Alligator Pie. Toronto: Macmillan, 1974 - Illustrated by Frank Newfeld.


Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die.
Give away the green grass, give away the sky,
But don't give away my alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don't get some I don't know what I'll do.
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,
But don't give away my alligator stew.

Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna droop.
Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,
But don't give away my alligator soup.


Alligator Pie, first published in 1974, is a book of children's poetry written by Dennis Lee and illustrated by Frank Newfeld. It won the Book of the Year award from the Canadian Library Association in 1975.[1]
The poem Alligator Pie itself is very popular in Canada and is known by most Canadians.
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Dennis Lee
(Dennis Beynon Lee), OC, MA
Born: August 31, 1939 (age 77), Toronto, Ontario
Education: Master of Arts, English
Alma mater: University of Toronto
Genre: poetry, essays
Dennis Lee was born August 31, 1939, in Toronto. Second of four children. Both grandfathers were Methodist ministers; both parents were high school teachers.
He attended Kingsway Lambton Public School. University of Toronto Schools (secondary). University of Toronto. B.A., 1962, in English Language and Literature. M.A., 1965, with thesis on "Ekstatic Form in Modern Literature."
He married Susan Perly, 1985. Three grown children, by previous marriages. One grandson.
In addition to his 1972 Governor General's Award, Lee twice won the CACL Bronze Medal for a children's book: in 1974 for Alligator Pie, and in 1977 for Garbage Delight. He also won the Vicky Metcalf Award, for body of work for children, in 1986, and the Mr. Christie's Book Award (for The Ice Cream Store) in 1991.
In 1993, Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1995 he received an honorary doctorate from Trent University, and won a Toronto Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.
In 2001 Lee became Toronto's first Poet Laureate, serving in that position until 2004.
In 2009, Lee received an honorary doctorate from Victoria College in the University of Toronto.