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Based on the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale, this story takes place outside of New Iberia, Louisiana, on Bayou Teche. Young Merrae dances to the sound of Zydeco music and eats gumbo during her family’s festive Christmas fete. When her godfather, Parrain Comeaux, arrives, he presents the children with gifts, including a Nutcracker for Merrae.
According to legend, d’Loup Garou (pronounced loo-guh-ROO) is a Cajun werewolf that dwells in the Louisiana swamps and howls at the full moon. His favorite meal is a badly behaved child—and Feliciana’s been in a snit all day.
This innovative story infuses Clement C. Moore’s classic poem with traditional Gullah folklore and characters. Traveling through a coastal South Carolina town, Buh Rabbit delivers his presents to all of the good boys and girls.
It’s been said that librarians take their love of books to the extreme. In this story, Miss Devine, a bun-wearing bibliophile, has a passion for literacy that reaches new heights. She has actually chewed on a word, claims one small witness to this outrageous event. What is that word?
This turn-of-the-century tall tale shows that even a giant frog can be friendly and helpful, when given a purpose and embraced in a spirit of collaboration and community. The townspeople of Empeyville have plenty of work for Joshua, and he is happy to oblige, since every day ends with swimming and playing in the local pond. Amusing illustrations depict small-town life in nineteenth-century upstate New York, and history hops ahead in this Americana tribute to hard work, teamwork, and resourcefulness.
This series of trickster tales, stemming from African folklore, bears remarkable resemblance to the Deep South’s Brer Rabbit. That’s because Compere Lapin is his kissing cousin. In one form or another Lapin and Compere Bouki have been harassing each other for more than two centuries. Doucet’s retelling of these popular stories is flavored with all the spice of a Cajun gumbo.
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“Don’t take what ain’t yours . . . just because it was lying there,” teaches the mysterious creature in this eerie Southern tall tale. A hungry trapper learns his lesson when he eats the tail of a furry animal with glowing eyes and long, sharp claws, and the creature returns, looking for his taileebone. From start to finish, this is a hair-raising tale about what becomes of Otis and his furry dinner guest.
This tale takes readers on a romp into the Wild West and reveals how America’s favorite cowboy invented the ten-gallon hat. In an attempt to cover his noggin, Pecos Bill wears a baseball cap, a firefighter’s helmet, and even a tree branch, until he finally comes up with the right solution. Kids will laugh at his hilarious antics and enjoy searching for the armadillo and the salamander, hidden on each page. Vibrant illustrations capture the comedic tone of the story and a glossary offers a list of cowboy terms.
In Austin, Texas, bats seem to be everywhere! Just when the citizens begin to fear that their flying-critter situation is spiraling out of control, a mysterious man appears and offers to help them with their problem. At first, everyone is skeptical, especially when it seems that playing an elegant silver pipe is his solution. But as the melodious tunes fill the Austin air, bats suddenly surround the Piper, following him as he leads them to the Congress Avenue Bridge, where they hang out of sight.
In this innovative and enchanting fable, Joe Kulka pokes gentle fun at the trio of charming characters who find themselves caught up in the fantasy of getting something for nothing when really, they already have everything they need. Complemented by Kulka’s signature lively illustrations, the lighthearted story rendered playful language is certain to delight readers of all ages in its celebration of family, modesty, and gratitude.
In Rhyne’s account, two young twins named Josh and Matt venture into the dangerous unknowns of the haunted Hell Hole Swamp in search of ghosts, but find themselves facing a much more frightening and real creature. Concealed among the greenery and moss, they spy the man-sized lizard with radiant green scales and an eerie, somewhat human smile. Paperback.
Before you lend an imp a penny, there’s something you should know—such a simple act of generosity could set off a side-splitting chain of events! A colorful picture book full of mythology, mischief, and magic, When You Give an Imp a Penny shows us just what happens when an accident-prone—but well-intentioned—imp comes along asking for favors! The same writer/illustrator duo that brought you Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes brings to life a comedy of fabled proportions.
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