Acclaimed children’s-book author Johnette Downing pays homage to the cultural legacy of Mississippi in this charming book that incorporates many of its native flora and fauna. Her delightful text, adapted from a traditional song, presents a lyrical and visual tribute to the many iconic images and symbols to be found in the state.
From dolphins splashing in the surf along the coast to adorable ducklings in the wetlands, this commemorative picture book serves to introduce children to the many unique facts about Mississippi. An author’s note gives interesting details about each creature and notes about their habitats and behavior.
About the Author
An award-winning and internationally recognized singer and songwriter, Johnette Downing’s many accolades include eight Parents’ Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and five National Parenting Publication Awards. She wrote There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs; Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud; How to Dress a Po’ Boy; Why the Oyster Has the Pearl; Why the Possum Has a Large Grin; Macarooned on a Dessert Island; The Fifolet; and Louisiana, the Jewel of the Deep South, among other Pelican titles. She frequently creates paper collage for her illustrations and can be seen on a regular basis performing at local venues.
About the Illustrator
A medical illustrator, Katherine Zecca was a scientific illustrator for NOAA Fisheries and illustrates for the Smithsonian Institute. Her work has won numerous awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and teaches classes in nature sketching across the country.
DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI
By Johnette Downing
Illustrated by Katherine Zecca
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Counting & Numbers
JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3