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In this vintage take on growing up, author Betty Mire captures a time period that most young girls today can hardly imagine—a time when sports were reserved for boys, and girls were encouraged to put their dreams on hold for marriage. As Libby struggles to remain true to herself amidst the tangle of bullies and boyfriends, she provides readers with a realistic snapshot of what it was like to grow up almost forty years ago.
Bringing up children in New Orleans carries a unique responsibility: making sure they know the iconic images of the city. This adorable coloring book from New Orleans native Melissa Maloney Wallace illustrates the most familiar ones. From the aquarium, beignets, the City Park carousel, and the Superdome to fleur de lis, king cakes, streetcars, second-line umbrellas, and the zoo, classic New Orleans icons can be found in simple line drawings waiting to be colored by a child’s imagination.
When young Josh receives an injured crow from his grandfather, he names the bird Jack Crow and teaches him to say “hello.” Even though Josh must return Jack to the wild as soon as the young bird can fly, the ornery crow becomes part of the family. Over the course of summer vacation, Josh and Jack engage in all kinds of hijinks. Jack Crow even inspires Josh to name his new baseball team the Crows. Hardcover.
One fall afternoon, young Ben Mozingo’s father, Cordes, takes Ben on a routine tour of The Bond, the large plantation for which he is superintendent. The routine tour, however, turns into a trip that will alter their lives forever. Paperback.
Follow Jackson Sundown on his journey from his Native American village to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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. Hardcover.
Chan Lo is a humble stone carver who is given a perfect piece of green and white jade to carve by the Great Emperor of All China. Is there a dragon in the stone, as the emperor demands? What does Chan Lo hear the stone say? What does it want to be? When Chan Lo finally succumbs to the stone’s true wishes, the emperor is furious and throws him in prison. Can the spirit of the jade stone save the stone carver’s life?
Often called the “Mother of Texas,” Jane Wilkinson Long led an eventful life on the Texas frontier. Her life as a pioneer, mother, widow, businesswoman, and revolutionary is brought to life for children in Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer. Hardcover.
Extolling the virtues of reading, this book offers a giant look at what happens to a well-read child. Not only does Jay’s knowledge expand when he revels in reading, but so does his size. How he gets back to normal scale teaches the act of sharing, another desirable quality.
A rhythmic jazzy story in verse, Jazz Cats tells about the escapades of some real cool cats that know how to entertain. Their jazz combo plays together in the streets of New Orleans. From the blow of the clarinet and trumpet to the pluck of the fiddle base and beating the trash can drums, these Dixie, dancin’, jazz cats know how to have fun. Hardcover.
It’s 1759, and the British are expelling the Acadians—French immigrants who settled Canada in search of religious freedom—from their land in Nova Scotia. Jean-Paul recounts his family’s plight, from their forced labor in Georgia to the hardships they overcome to build a new home in the Louisiana bayous. His story is the story of Louisiana’s Cajuns. Hardcover.
Every year pesky crows throw a party in a scarecrow’s patch, gobbling up all the pumpkins in sight and leaving a horrid mess. Not this year! Jeb is determined to protect his pumpkins no matter the cost. Those crows are in for an unpleasant surprise!
Jeb Stuart, one of the most dashing figures in the Civil War, led the Confederate Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley and served as Robert E. Lee’s “eyes.”
Through the 31 line illustrations and brief historical narrative, children are able to follow the life of Jefferson Davis from Rosemont, his boyhood home in Woodville, Mississippi, to his marriage to Virginia Howell. This book describes his terms as a member of the House of Representatives and Senate, and his role in the drama of the Civil War as president of the Confederacy.
Jenny Giraffe is famous with all of her French Quarter neighbors. A respected painter among the artists of New Orleans, she is now just a part of the unusual culture of this downtown area. Now Jenny is going on a trip to new neighborhoods she has never visited before. She has been invited to a birthday party for her friend T-Boy. And of all places . . . the party is on a streetcar! Hardcover.
As Christmastime approaches in New Orleans, the city gears up for all of its annual traditions. There is the big Christmas parade and caroling at Jackson Square. Some even take trips to the bayou country to see the lighting of the bonfires that guide a special visitor to the homes of Louisiana on Christmas Eve. If some of these traditions sound a little out of the ordinary, then you are right along with New Orleans’ newest resident, Jenny Giraffe. Hardcover.
"Run, Jenny, quickly! Don't let them take you to the zoo! Find a new home, my dear!" urged Jenny Giraffe's mother after the door to their truck popped open during a minor accident on the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Afraid of life in the zoo, the little giraffe did as her mother said, running down the narrow streets and slipping through an open gate into a beautiful courtyard.
In Jenny Giraffe Discovers the French Quarter, Jenny finds a place to fit in. “Run, Jenny, don’t let them take you to the zoo! Find a new home!” urged Jenny Giraffe’s mother after the door to their truck popped open. Afraid of life in the zoo, the little giraffe did as her mother said, slipping through an open gate into a beautiful French Quarter courtyard.
In Jenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride, Jenny Giraffe learns all there is to know about Mardi Gras.
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