Friday, January 1, 2010

School Library Journal Review

Here is a great review my latest book received from School Library Journal:

DOWNING, Johnette
. Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud. illus. by author. 32p. glossary. CIP.Pelican. 2009. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-58980-678-8. LC 2009003959.

PreS-Gr 2—An original pourquoi story from the Louisiana bayou that pits lazy Crawfish against his best friend. Crab has caught a beautiful fish for his dinner, but when he shows it to his hungry pal, Crawfish mocks it as "ti-tiny" and "itsy bitsy" and inveigles Crab into giving him his "insignificant" catch. Crab goes back to the lake to find the entirely imaginary huge fish that Crawfish says he saw there but returns empty-handed and angry. Confronted by Crab, Crawfish crawls backward and falls into a big pile of mud, where he can be found to this day, hiding from Crab. The story is illustrated with simple, brightly colored collages. A glossary of a few Cajun phrases and some facts about crawfish are included. A humorous choice for storytimes.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

School Library Journal, 1/1/2010

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