Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Advocate Review

Two new, easy-to-read books with food theme available for children
The Advocate
Published: Jan 29, 2009

More publishers have started offering easy-to-read books with a food theme for young children.Pelican Publishing Co., of Gretna, has two new, colorful, fiction picture books with Louisiana food themes that small children will enjoy. Each costs $15.95.“The Cajun Cornbread Boy” by Dianne de Las Casas and illustrated by Marita Gentry, is an adaption of “The Gingerbread Boy” folktale. The book is about an old Cajun woman who more than anything wants a child and decides to make a cornbread boy. She adds a big dash of cayenne pepper to the batter. The boy runs away and soon has encounters with a raccoon, a fox and an alligator. The story has a surprise ending, and the book closes with a recipe for Southern Cornbread. A glossary of French terms used in the book is included.

For the second book, “Chef Creole,” Louisiana singer and songwriter Johnette Downing has adapted a traditional song, “Aiken Drum.” The book is illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair. Chef Creole is a man from New Orleans whose hair is made of rice, his eyes of red beans, his nose of okra, and his mouth, a praline. He plays upon a ladle and sings of Louisiana food. The book includes a glossary of the Louisiana foods mentioned in the “Chef Creole” song, and it ends with the written music.

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