“An illustrated songbook is always welcome for storytimes, especially one with easy collages to copy for potential flannel-board use.”
––School Library Journal
Award-winning singer and songwriter Johnette Downing teams up with Deborah OusleyKadair for another perfect storybook, which celebrates life in Louisiana and introduces young readers to the spice of Southern culture and food.
To the tune of the traditional song “Aiken Drum,” Downing puts together the quintessential Cajun ingredients to make the ultimate Creole man. With legs made of French bread and hair made of rice, Chef Creole comprises all of the South’s most favorite foods and teaches children about the many flavors of Louisiana.
Chef Creole includes a glossary of Louisiana fare, including boudin, cayenne pepper, and beignets. Kadair’s collage-style illustrations make it easy for children to interact with the book and point out the foods that help build Chef Creole himself.
About the Author
Johnette Downing is an internationally recognized singer/songwriter who performs original children’s music inspired by her Louisiana heritage. When not touring the globe performing her “music for children with Louisiana spice,” she resides in New Orleans. She is also the author of Today Is Monday in Louisiana, Down in Louisiana, and My Aunt Came Back From Louisiane, all published by Pelican.
About the Illustrator
Author and illustrator Deborah Ousley Kadair received wide acclaim for her first book, There Was an Ol’ Cajun, which was based on the classic nursery rhyme There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly. Trained in the Montessori teaching method, Kadair also conducts storytelling and illustration workshops for children. She is the author of I Spy in the Texas Sky and the illustrator of several of Downing’s books, including Down in Louisiana and Today Is Monday in Louisiana. She lives in Texas.
Traditional Song Adapted by Johnette Downing
Illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair
32 pp. 8½ x 11
22 color illus. Song Glossary