“Hooray! Here is an authentic Louisiana folk tale wonderfully adapted for telling aloud by one of Louisiana’s favorite storytellers. Kids will enjoy singing along as the rascally roaches party while the hard-working hen is away.”
—Gale K. Criswell, former children’s services consultant,
State Library of Louisiana
Many years ago, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach were such inseparable friends that they shared everything. But that was before chickens and roaches became sworn enemies. Celebrated storyteller Dianne de Las Casas tells what happens when a friend takes advantage of another’s generosity in this vibrantly illustrated New Orleans folktale.
Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach live in a lovely home and agree to share their responsibilities. Everyday Madame Poulet dutifully works for their food, and she doesn’t mind taking care of Monsieur Roach when he becomes ill. She doesn’t mind at first, that is.
Soon she realizes that her friend has been fooling her all along. While the industrious chicken was working her tail off, the rascally roach was spending his days singing and partying with his friends! With a cluck and a gulp, it doesn’t take long for the furious fowl to put an end to her roach problem for good.
About the Author
Dianne de Las Casas is an author, storyteller, and recording artist. Her work has received critical acclaim from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, among many others, and she is a frequent presenter at the International Reading Association, American Library Association, and other literary and education conferences. A regular performer at arts-in-education programs and residencies at schools, libraries, festivals, museums, and special events, de Las Casas lives in Harvey, Louisiana, with her husband.
About the Illustrator
Marita Gentry is a professional artist with her own painting and teaching studio, Studio Marita. Gentry has served as artist-in-residence for several schools, and her illustrations are a delight to young and old alike. Her vivid artwork has earned her numerous awards and commissions. She is the illustrator of The Cajun Cornbread Boy, also by Dianne de Las Casas. Gentry lives in Walker, Louisiana.
MADAME POULET AND MONSIEUR ROACH
By Dianne de Las Casas
Illustrated by Marita Gentry
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. Glossary