Down in Louisiana

Down in Louisiana

by Johnette Downing, Deborah Kadair
     
 

Based on a traditional song adapted by Louisiana singer/songwriter Johnette Downing, this counting book tells of pelicans, armadillos, black bears, alligators, Catahoulas, nutria, possums, crawfish, and mosquitoes and their kin. Set in the Louisiana bayous, marshes, and wetlands, the rhythmic text offers children a tour of the Pelican State's diverse and unique

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Based on a traditional song adapted by Louisiana singer/songwriter Johnette Downing, this counting book tells of pelicans, armadillos, black bears, alligators, Catahoulas, nutria, possums, crawfish, and mosquitoes and their kin. Set in the Louisiana bayous, marshes, and wetlands, the rhythmic text offers children a tour of the Pelican State's diverse and unique natural environment.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-K This adaptation of "Over in the Meadow" attractively portrays wildlife in Louisiana's bayous and swamps. With rhythmic ease, Downing counts offspring, from "a mother pelican and her pelican one" to a mama mosquito "and her skeeters ten." Similar to the illustrations in Today Is Monday in Louisiana (Pelican, 2006), Kadair's mixed-media collages now include colorful painted backgrounds. The pictures are sometimes a little crowded as the numbers of animals rise, and proportions are somewhat scrambled (e.g., bears and dogs are the same size), but the overall effect is appealing. The appropriate numerals are occasionally hidden in the illustrations. There is no information about the animals, some of which may be unfamiliar to readers (e.g., alligator gars, Catahoula hounds, nutrias). Music is appended. Donna M. Bateman's Deep in the Swamp (Charlesbridge, 2007), a similar book about Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp based on the same traditional song, has finely detailed illustrations and provides information on the flora and fauna pictured. For the most part, the two titles cover different species. Downing's book is directed at younger readers and offers good storytime possibilities.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589804517
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,084,765
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Johnette Downing is an award-winning and internationally recognized singer and songwriter. Her many accolades include eight Parents’ Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and five National Parenting Publication Awards. She wrote and/or illustrated There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, How to Dress a Po’ Boy, Why the Oyster Has the Pearl, Why the Possum Has a Large Grin, Macarooned on a Dessert Island, The Fifolet, and other Pelican titles. Downing lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Deborah Ousley Kadair trained in the Montessori teaching method, Kadair also conducts storytelling and illustration workshops for children. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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