Since 1926, Pelican Publishing Company has been committed to publishing books of quality and permanence that enrich the lives of those who read them.
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.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people swarm to the New Orleans Fairgrounds to experience the cornucopia of culture that is the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Who could imagine that at the very first Jazz Fest, the musicians and volunteers outnumbered the members of the audience by about six to one?
Jim Metcalf, like Robert Frost before him, was a poet whose commentaries on everyday objects and events offer a keen insight into man, nature, and ourselves. During his life, Metcalf was the fourth best-selling poet in the United States, with 52,000 copies of his books sold in only three years. A new generation of readers can now hear what thousands of New Orleanians heard on his television broadcasts of the 1970s. Audiocassette.
For the first time, Pelican combines Follow Another Star, Please to Begin, In Some Quiet Place, and Jim Metcalf’s Journal, four rare, out-of-print collections of the author’s poetry, in an exemplary anthology that serves as a brilliant reminder of the poet and his work.
Savannah’s oldest eatery has served its renowned barbecue to thousands of luminaries, locals, and visitors since 1924. The welcoming atmosphere and outstanding food of this family business are hallmarks of Johnny Harris Restaurant. With this book, barbecue enthusiasts can bring that signature taste and history into the home. Featuring vintage photographs and reminiscences from generations of patrons, this delectable book is a delightful homage to the heritage and flavor of an iconic institution.
Josh’s little sister Callie is probably the sweetest girl in the whole county, but no one loves her more than her big brother. When Josh finds a giant pumpkin on Grandpa Frank’s farm, the two agree to keep it a secret from Grandpa’s prospective buyers. It is the biggest pumpkin that Callie has ever seen, and Josh tells the four year old stories about magic pumpkins. With such a big pumpkin, Josh will surely be crowned Harvest Festival King and get to ride in the biggest float in the parade.
“God sometimes takes away what seems good to us, in order to give us the best. . . . All God’s testings have a purpose, and you can assume that God knows you can handle them.” These words of encouragement come from a woman who met adversity with unending faith and overcame a personal tragedy that will inspire readers.
When a dangerous hurricane blows into Florida, tall-tale hero Kissimmee Pete is blown headfirst into his craziest adventure yet. As the dark clouds take over the sky and the gusts of wind send his herd of wild cattle clear across town, Pete must rally up his animal friends to save the townspeople from the deadly storm.
A tall tale based on the life of the frontier cowboy, or “cow hunter” as they are called in Florida, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter is a fast-paced adventure that includes encounters with starvin’ mosquitoes, hairless bears, and gators the size of canoes!
When a blanket of vines takes over the peaceful town of Red Mud Flats, the citizens find themselves in kudzu chaos. It takes the courage of Bobby Lee, the creativity of Kudzu Katie, and the cooperation of the townspeople to transform the smothering green monster of kudzu into a small-town miracle. Hardcover.
Although not much is known about Leonardo da Vinci’s childhood, one rare story exists. When Leonardo was a young boy, his father received a request from a friend to have a shield painted. Knowing how talented his son was, he naturally asked Leonardo. Leonardo set out to paint a monster, a monster so terrifying even his father thought it to be real.
Whether you’re a resident of New Orleans or you simply want to make the most of your visit, this visual guide by celebrated New Orleans photographer Kerri McCaffety will lead you down the right path! With stunning visual artistry, McCaffety’s photography, called “sensual and rich” by Francis Ford Coppola, vividly captures the character of sixty different Crescent City locations.
Adults may see many things in life as small, but to young children, those little things aren’t small at all. This story, told in humorous rhyme from a child’s perspective, helps remind us all in what a big world we live. Alison Davis Lyne’s illustrations burst out of the book, from a magnified beetle to Aunt Mildred’s face, which fills the page waiting for a not-so-little kiss. Covering a wide range of childhood experiences, from scary ones such as going to the doctor for a “little shot” to loving ones such as receiving a “little note” from Mom in a lunchbox, this is a book with which all children can truly connect.
From the roast beef poor boys at Acy’s Pool Hall, to enchiladas with fresh ranchero sauce at Castillo’s, and pancakes of many varieties at Bucky Forty-Nine, this volume takes a bite out of New Orleans’ legendary dining scene. Authors Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris reminisce about some of the best former eateries from around the city. They even include forty of their favorite recipes. Food critic Fitzmorris rates each restaurant on a five-star scale.
For those who are new to the state or part of a family with centuries of Louisiana heritage, this guide is an essential part of any home, school, or business. This updated edition contains important information including census statistics as well as interesting facts, such as the highest point in Louisiana (Mount Driskill). It includes charts of Louisiana’s honorees for the Football Hall of Fame and vital history from the colonial days of the territory. From results of the LEAP test to the percentage of people of Cajun descent, this book is a must-have for everyone interested in learning more about the great Pelican State.
Louisiana Indian Tales vividly recreates the struggles and triumphs of the state’s first inhabitants. Dating back to 10,000 b.c. when the Paleo-Indians occupied the area and huge woolly mammoths and mastodons roamed the land, these poignant stories are based on archaeological evidence and historical knowledge traced through modern-day findings. Hardcover.
The homes bespeak the grandeur of days gone by when plantation homes were decorated exquisitely, furnished lavishly, and surrounded by vast acreages of lush croplands. The styles of the homes are far-ranging and include excellent examples of Victorian Gothic, Colonial, Italianate, Acadian, and Southern Classical architecture, with some homes combining two or more styles. Destrehan, Edgewood, Houmas House, Nottoway, Magnolia Mound, Oak Alley, and Shadows-on-the-Teche are some of the seventy-six plantation homes featured in this compilation.
Acclaimed children’s book author Johnette Downing once again pays homage to the cultural legacy of the Pelican State. Based on a song by the same name, Louisiana, the Jewel of the Deep South presents a lyrical and visual tribute to the many iconic images, songs, and symbols of Louisiana. From the stately brown pelican to the impressive black bear down to the swimming sac-au-lait and the vocal green tree frog, this commemorate picture book serves to introduce children to the many interesting and unique facts of their home state.
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