Blanchette et les Sept Petits Cajuns: A Cajun Snow White

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"Black as nuit her hair does flow, lips très rouge, and skin like snow. Blanchette is the fairest I know, as far as the bayous flow."

Imagine how shocked the evil voodoo queen Marie Gaudet is to learn that she is no longer the fairest in the Honey Island Swamp! So begins this Cajun retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Lured from her home at Armand Plantation, Blanchette wanders the dangerous swamp until she is rescued by seven little Cajuns named Hébert, Mouton, Trahan,...

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"Black as nuit her hair does flow, lips très rouge, and skin like snow. Blanchette is the fairest I know, as far as the bayous flow."

Imagine how shocked the evil voodoo queen Marie Gaudet is to learn that she is no longer the fairest in the Honey Island Swamp! So begins this Cajun retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Lured from her home at Armand Plantation, Blanchette wanders the dangerous swamp until she is rescued by seven little Cajuns named Hébert, Mouton, Trahan, Broussard, Hollier, Comeaux, and Préjean.

This is the fifth collaboration by the author and illustrator of 'T Pousette et 'T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Jolie Blonde and the Three Héberts: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, and Les Trois Cochons. Children will love following Blanchette's adventures; and the whole family will enjoy a recipe for delicious jambalaya, just like Blanchette prepares for the seven little Cajuns!

Sheila Hébert-Collins, a native of Abbeville, Louisiana, has enormous pride in her Cajun heritage. Listed on the Louisiana State Artist Roster as an author and Cajun storyteller, she often makes appearances in schools throughout the state. Her other books are 'T Pousette et 'T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Jolie Blonde and the Three Héberts, Les Trois Cochons, and Petite Rouge: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, all published by Pelican.

Award-winning artist Patrick Soper lives in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has also illustrated Cajun Folktales, Contes Populaires Cadiens, Mardi Gras in the Country, and A Christmas Dictionary, all published by Pelican.

A Cajun version of Snow White that features a vain voodoo queen, seven little Cajuns living in a cypress tree, and a handsome plantation owner. Includes pronunciations and translations of Cajun words and a recipe for Blanchette's Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya.

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Gr 1-3-Marie Gaudet is known for her voodoo powers, and she spends a lot of time using them to keep her looks intact. Daily, she drinks a completely disgusting concoction, then queries the still waters of the foggy bayou as to who is the fairest. One day, inevitably, the bayou tells her that Blanchette is the fairest, and Marie Gaudet goes ballistic. She instructs her creatures to take the young woman into the deep swamp to die. Like the woodsman in the classic story, they can't bear to do so, and lead her to the house of the sept petits Cajuns, where she settles in. All proceeds as in the original story until Blanchette bites into a tainted beignet, swoons, is awakened by the attentions of a rich landowner, marries him, drives the witch to death, and lives happily ever after. Cajun terms used within the text are defined and spelled phonetically on the bottom of the page on which they are first used. The telling is competent enough, but the book lacks verve. Soper's illustrations are executed in dark, murky colors that give the book an uninviting feel. The drawings are an odd combination of realistic (Blanchette, Marie Gaudet, the landowner) and cartoon (the swamp creatures look like something out of Pogo), and the features of the main characters vary page to page. If Blanchette didn't wear the same dress throughout the book, readers might not know it is the same girl. If Cajun material is in demand, this title will fill the bill. Otherwise, stick with the many other better-illustrated versions of the classic fairy tale.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565549128
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Cajun Tall Tales Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A teacher who makes frequent school appearances, Sheila Hébert-Collins proudly claims a heritage that is completely Cajun. A native of Abbeville, Louisiana, Hébert-Collins combined her love and pride of her culture with her love of children's literature to create unique, Cajun fairy tales. Because of her talent, she is featured on the Louisiana State Artist Roster as an author and Cajun storyteller. She has also written Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Blanchette et Les Sept Petits Cajuns: A Cajun Snow White, Jacques et La Canne à Sucre: A Cajun Jack and the Beanstalk, Jolie Blonde and the Three Héberts: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, Les Trois Cochons, and 'T Pousette et 'T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel, all published by Pelican.

The lush surroundings of his south Louisiana home and studio often influence the work of award-winning illustrator Patrick Soper. The work of Patrick Soper, a member of the Society of Illustrators, has appeared in national publications such as Outdoor Life, Organic Gardening, and West Coast Book Review. In addition to Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, he has illustrated Cajun Folktales, Contes Populaires Cadiens, Mardi Gras in the Country, and A Christmas Dictionary, all published by Pelican.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    Cajun Snow White

    This story is adorable. It changes the traditional Snow White story to add in Cajun aspects. For example, she is poisoned with a poisoned beignet (instead of an apple) and meets a rich plantaion owner (not a prince). The story has a few French words thrown in with translations at the bottom of the page. This book is great for the classroom. It is also great to act out for storytelling. I did it for my theater class, and everyone loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    A CAJUN SNOWWHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS!

    'Black as nuit her hair does flow, lips tres rouge, and skin like snow' Blanchette is a Cajun Snow White! And Sept Petits Cajuns are Seven Little Cajuns or The Seven Dwarfs! This delightful Cajun fairy tale adaptation of SNOW WHITE is set in Cajun country in the Louisiana bayous and should be easily understood by all children. It is interspersed with French words that are clearly defined on each page. This picture book, a delightful twist of a favorite fairy tale, is illustrated with soft pastels and is a book to be enjoyed by all ages!

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