Gayle Webre



Gayle Webre’s lifelong home is the heart of Cajun country. She holds a master’s + 30 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and has worked in elementary education for 25 years, primarily designing and implementing enrichment curricula for gifted children. Webre generally lives with her nose in a book or talking about books she’s read. You might also find her writing, hosting gatherings for family and friends, playing with her grandchildren, or riding her tricycle.

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When I Was an Alligator
(Ages 4 to 8)


When I Was an Alligator 

Follow a curious Cajun kid as she magically and mysteriously transforms into a series of wetlands creatures, including a tree frog, a heron, a catfish, and even a mosquito! Along the way, each animal reveals something of its habits and habitat. With fun language, page-turning onomatopoeia, and charming art, When I Was an Alligator is a playful and informative exploration of Louisiana's treasured coastal wetlands.


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