Cajun Folktales

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Nationally acclaimed storyteller J.J. Reneaux includes animal stories, fairy tales, ghost stories, and humorous tales from her native Cajun culture. While children will giggle over the foolishness of Jean Sot, who jumps to the conclusion that the purpose of a new fence of telephone and electricity poles is to pen up giant cows, adults will recognize the all-too-human fear of anything new and different that lies at the heart of this tale. Among the 26 stories included here are ...

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Overview

Nationally acclaimed storyteller J.J. Reneaux includes animal stories, fairy tales, ghost stories, and humorous tales from her native Cajun culture. While children will giggle over the foolishness of Jean Sot, who jumps to the conclusion that the purpose of a new fence of telephone and electricity poles is to pen up giant cows, adults will recognize the all-too-human fear of anything new and different that lies at the heart of this tale. Among the 26 stories included here are such favorites as ....

A collection of twenty-seven traditional Cajun tales, including animal stories, fairy tales, ghost stories, and humorous tales.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While the tales of African Americans and Native Americans have been much anthologized, the vibrant oral folk tradition of the Cajun has been more or less neglected by American publishers. This excellent anthology by Reneaux helps plug that inexplicable gap. Reneaux, a noted storyteller and a Cajun herself, retells 27 tales she heard in childhood from relatives or has heard since from fellow Cajuns. Their folklore is as spicy and interesting as their famed food and reflects a variety of flavors and influences. The story of Lapin and his theft of honey from Bouqui, for instance, is a Cajun favorite and is clearly recognizable as one of the contests between Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Likewise, the aetiological tale of why alligators hate dogs is reminiscent of Native tradition. The author tells a wide variety of tales--animal stories, ghost stories, fairy stories. One of the best relates the Hansel and Gretel-like story of Catafo and his brothers, who out-smart their devilish host. Another perhaps also familiar one tells of the ghost of the renowned pirate Jean Lafitte trying to free himself of his cursed treasure. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
These six folktales of the Louisiana bayous have been orally handed down from generation to generation. They are about the adventures of a rabbit, a wolf, and some of their friends. It is fortunate that Soper has preserved the tales so they will not be lost to future generations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874832822
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: American Storytelling Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,385,301
  • Age range: 9 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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