Gaston the alligator gets hurled by a Louisiana hurricane into west Texas where he becomes the first alligator cowboy.
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Gaston the green-nosed alligator, the Deep South's most celebrated children's book character, is off on a new and exciting adventure, this time to the cowboy country of West Texas.
First introduced in 1973 as the central figure in the perennial bestseller Cajun Night Before Christmasï¿½, which recounted Santa's Christmas Eve flight through the bayou country, Gaston has delighted adults and youngsters alike in many other volumes.
In this charming tale that will appeal to the young and the young at heart, Gaston's native Louisiana swampland is struck by a terrific hurricane. The friendly, smiling denizen of the bayous is swept up by the wind, carried far away, and finally dropped onto the Texas plains in the midst of a startled group of cowboys.
Thus, Gaston begins his Western adventure, one that leads him through the tribulations facing a greenhorn cowboy determined to learn to ride broncos, tame mustangs, bulldog steers, and lasso and brand mavericks.
Fetchingly decked out in his ten-gallon Stetson and cowboy boots, the alligator learns first-hand the difficult life of a cowboy on the range, but he adapts to the challenge, winning the respect and admiration of his fellow cowhands.
Widely acclaimed as the South's leading illustrator of juvenile books, James Rice was the illustrator and/or author of sixty-six titles, including eighteen titles in Pelican's Night Before Christmas Series. There are almost two million copies of his books in print. He taught art at the grammar-school, high-school, and university levels and enjoyed talking to schoolchildren across the country about writing and art. James Rice passed away at his home in Hico, Texas, in May 2004.About the Author:
Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!
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Book Description Pelican Publishing Company, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0882892045