In this retelling of the classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk, Sheila Hébert-Collins gives the story a spicy Cajun twist. Poor Jacques and his mother are barely making do in their houseboat on the bayou, when a mysterious stranger offers Jacques some magical sugarcane cuttings. Soon Jacques is off on an exciting quest featuring an evil giant, an enchanted fiddle, and a very valuable chicken.
Children will love following Jacques’s adventures, and the whole family will enjoy a recipe for delicious crawfish étouffée, just like the dish Jacques’s mother prepares for him! Definitions and pronunciation guides for Cajun-French words are also included.
About the Author and Illustrator
Sheila Hébert-Collins, a native of Abbeville, Louisiana, has a passion for children’s literature and enormous pride in her Cajun heritage. She is listed on the Louisiana State Artist Roster as an author and Cajun storyteller and often makes appearances in schools throughout the state. Her other books include Jean-Paul Hébert Was There, Blanchette et les Sept Petits Cajuns: A Cajun Snow White, ’T Pousette et ’T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Jolie Blonde and the Three Héberts: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, Les Trois Cochons, and Petite Rouge: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, all published by Pelican.
Alison Davis Lyne is a freelance illustrator who lives and works on a small farm in south-central Kentucky. She is also the illustrator of Halloween Alphabet, Easter Day Alphabet, and Evangeline for Children.
JACQUES ET LA CANNE À SUCRE
A Cajun Jack and the Beanstalk
Written by Sheila Hébert-Collins
Illustrated by Alison Davis Lyne
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illus. Ages 5-8