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Rhoda The Alligator – Meet & Greet with Governor Bob Graham

December 13, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet and greet with governor graham
Join former Florida Governor Bob Graham as we celebrate his debut children’s book, Rhoda the Alligator. The book features a beautiful message and illustrations from local Gainesville artist Jay Winter Collins.  See event on Facebook
Copies of the book will be available for purchase midweek prior to the event, with pre-signed copies available beginning Sunday. From 2 – 4 PM on Sunday, Governor Graham will join us for a meet-and-greet!
The meet-and-greet will take place outside of Ilene’s Gator Store with books available for purchase inside the store. We ask that all attendees wear a mask inside the store as well as in the outdoor event area. Safe social distancing will be practiced. For those who can’t make the event in person, the book will continue to be available in store and online.
Governor Graham is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, so of course his Rhoda the Alligator is orange and blue. His book will be a treasure for years to come for all UF Gator fans and everyone who has a tender heart.
A Read-Out-Loud Book to Delight and Teach Good Manners.
Level One I Can Read book. The book tells the story of Rhoda, a uniquely colored alligator who is trying to find her place in the wild world of the Florida Everglades National Park. Filled with beautiful illustrations, Rhoda the Alligator teaches pre-school and kindergarten children about the beauty of our differences and the hurt that bullying can inflict.
Teach your 4-6 year-old the importance of diversity and the environment. Rhoda is born with a distinct color unlike any other alligator in the Everglades. She is blue and orange, shining with colors. Rhoda’s parents celebrate her brightness. However, when Rhoda meets the other young gators in the Everglades she is bullied because of her appearance. Using powerful lessons from her environment, Rhoda is able to overcome the hurt and hardship, embrace her true colors, and educate and transform her bullies.
Rhoda the Alligator teaches your child the importance of self-love, respect and friendship. And, this read-out-loud book highlights the beauty of our national parks and what makes them so important. Rhoda’s experiences will help children:
– Feel confident in their own skin
– Respect those who are different
– Cherish our national parks


December 13, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Ilene’s Gator Store
(352) 378-1611


Ilene’s Gator Store
2441 NW 43rd St, #19, Thornebrook Village
Gainesville, FL 32606 United States
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