“There was an ol’ Cajun who swallowed a gnat. Imagine that, he swallowed a gnat. Why he did dat?” In this retelling of the classic nursery rhyme, There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, the gnat is soon joined by a mosquito, a raccoon, a hound, and other swamp creatures. But when the old Cajun tries to swallow an alligator, he gets a big surprise.
This book’s imaginative, collage-style illustrations will enchant and inspire young readers. Mrs. Kadair uses pebbles, Spanish moss, and other authentic Louisiana ingredients to bring the old Cajun’s story to life. Children and adults alike will enjoy the clever, rhyming text.
About the Author
First-time author and illustrator Deborah Ousley Kadair taught in Montessori schools for many years. She was inspired to write this book after her husband, who is really is a Cajun, swallowed a gnat. Mrs. Kadair lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
THERE WAS AN OL’ CAJUN
Written and Illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
32 pp. 8½ x 11
17 color illus.