Feliciana Feydra LeRoux: A Cajun Tall Tale

Overview

"Hooo! This picture book romp in the Louisiana swamps is one exhilarating outing."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Accompanied by wonderfully humorous illustrations, this rousing tall tale captures the joie de vivre of Cajun Louisiana perfectly."
—School Library Journal, starred review

"Full of action and derring-do in the tall-tale tradition. This is a most satisfying and entertaining story."
—New Orleans Times-Picayune

Gather round y'all—here's a story about a li'l girl by the name of Feliciana Feydra ...

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Overview

"Hooo! This picture book romp in the Louisiana swamps is one exhilarating outing."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Accompanied by wonderfully humorous illustrations, this rousing tall tale captures the joie de vivre of Cajun Louisiana perfectly."
—School Library Journal, starred review

"Full of action and derring-do in the tall-tale tradition. This is a most satisfying and entertaining story."
—New Orleans Times-Picayune

Gather round y'all—here's a story about a li'l girl by the name of Feliciana Feydra LeRoux, who lives deep in the depths of Cajun country. I tell you, that child's grampa spoils her rotten! But there's one thing Grampa just won't let Feliciana do—go alligator hunting in the swamp with all the menfolk. And naturally that's the one thing Feliciana wants to do most of all!

The author, a native of south Louisiana, adds to the fun with a whimsical recipe for perfecting your own Cajun accent. A brief explanation of Acadian history and a Cajun glossary are also included.

Tynia Thomassie was born and raised in Louisiana. She received her B.A. from Louisiana State University and now lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with her husband, jazz guitarist Dave Stryker, and their two sons.

Cat Bowman Smith traveled to the southernmost parts of Louisiana with her pens, paints, and paper in tow to research this book. A fine arts graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and mother of four grown children, Ms. Smith lives in Pittsford, New York. Her artwork also appears in Joshua the Giant Frog, published by Pelican.

Even though Feliciana is her grandfather's favorite, he refuses to allow her to go alligator hunting with him, so one night she sneaks out and surreptitiously joins the hunt anyway.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A jaunty young adventuress longs to go alligator-hunting with the men in her family. "Hooo!" said PW in a starred review. "This picture book romp in the Louisiana swamps is one exhilarating outing." Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
This "Cajun tall tale" stars a delightful, spunky heroine who just doesn't understand why she can't join her grandfather and brothers "halligator" hunting. She sneaks out to join them, and nearly ends up eaten alive! She triumphs in the end, of course. Liberally sprinkled with dialect a helpful pronunciation guide and glossary is provided, the text will have you tapping your feet to a zydeco beat. Ink and watercolor illustrations bring the entire LeRoux clan to life.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
In this Cajun tall tale, Feliciana is the "teetsie-walla" of her Grandpa Baby's grandchildren; that means "hoooo, he spoiled her rotten." Feliciana protests when Grandpa Baby and the men-children leave her behind to go off on the bayou alligator hunting. Stubborn Feliciana persists, gets herself in trouble, but takes care of problems herself with pluck and nerve that is more believable than in most tall tales.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Accompanied by wonderfully humorous illustrations, this rousing tall tale captures the joie de vivre of Cajun Louisiana perfectly. Feliciana Feydra LeRoux lives in the heart of Cajun country with her large family, including her grandfather, Grampa Baby, who spoils her rotten. But he doesn't let her go alligator hunting with him and her brothers, although she begs and pleads. So one night Feliciana takes matters into her own hands, sneaks out after the boys in a pirogue, and gets more than she bargained for! This book is an absolutely delightful way to ``pass a good time.'' Smith's watercolor and pen-and-ink cartoons do the story perfect justice and are great fun to boot. A unique production illuminating a colorful part of Americana.-Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Janice Del Negro
The youngest in a big Cajun family, Feliciana Feydra LeRoux wants nothing more than to go alligator hunting with her beloved Grampa Baby and her brothers. Sneaking out at night, she follows them into the bayou. She finds them--and an alligator, too--and returns home for a triumphant feast with family and friends. Thomassie celebrates her own relationship with her Cajun grandfather in this book, which combines breezy watercolors and a swinging text that's perfect for reading aloud. A note on Cajun culture, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide are included. Librarians looking for a great read-aloud with a whiz-bang heroine will like this "original tale that takes place in the present."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589802865
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 794,550
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ms. Smith lives in Pittsford, New York, with her pup Daisy. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1961. She was an editorial illustrator for Rochester Gannett newspapers, and taught illustration at R.I.T. She has been drawing since she could hold a pencil in her hand and has been illustrating trade books since
1985.

Tynia Thomassie, a Louisiana native, teaches middle school in New Jersey where she lives with her husband,
jazz guitarist Dave Stryker, and their two sons.

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