Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BS degree in Elementary Education. She taught in a first grade classroom in Augusta, Georgia, for thirty years. Ms. Toole has always enjoyed reading and writing poetry. As a child, she loved to listen to nursery rhymes and stories written in rhyme. When she became a teacher, she used nursery rhymes and simple poems in her class to enhance the regular Language Arts curriculum. After retiring , Ms. Toole worked part time for three years as an ESOL teacher and also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. Ms. Toole is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada,, and Europe. She has also traveled in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Toole presently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. She is also the author of Mean Mike, The Bird That Didn't Want To Be A Bird, The Frog That Lost His Croak, A Dog Named Cat and The Crow in the Big Oak Tree.