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Gaston Goes to the Kentucky Derby

Gaston Goes to the Kentucky Derby

by James Rice
     
 

The story is done in rhyme, which makes it great to read aloud. The colorful illustrations are just delightful, each covering two pages, thus giving a powerful sense of movement to the story.
—Children's Literature

James Rice, known foremost as the illustrative master behind Cajun
Night Before Christmas , amuses and educates children all over the

Overview

The story is done in rhyme, which makes it great to read aloud. The colorful illustrations are just delightful, each covering two pages, thus giving a powerful sense of movement to the story.
—Children's Literature

James Rice, known foremost as the illustrative master behind Cajun
Night Before Christmas , amuses and educates children all over the country through his works.

One of his hallmarks has been the creation of recurring characters from his
Christmas stories to his cowboy legends. But among them all no character attracts as much attention as the bayou alligator Gaston, whose numerous adventures introduce children to many aspects of the world around them.

This time Gaston leaves the Louisiana bayous atop a Cajun steed named Black
Lightning. Their destination is the world-famous Churchill Downs racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby. The first jewel of the Triple Crown, this race is seen by millions either at the track or at home on television each year. Now through the lovable Gaston and his antics, children get to witness this American tradition as well.

Gaston Goes to the Kentucky Derby teaches children about the grand festival of the Derby in Louisville and the challenges all the riders face to make it to the most esteemed horse race in the country. Peppered with humor and seasoned with Rice's colorful artwork, this is a delightful volume for young and old and a must-have addition for anyone collecting Rice's books.

James Rice is widely acclaimed as the South's leading author and illustrator of juvenile books. With more than one million copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nation's top authors and illustrators. Rice completed his M.F.A.
at Stephen F. Austin State University. He holds degrees in art from the
University of Texas and Howard Payne College and has taught art and music at both the high school and college levels.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Disckind
Even as a native Floridian, it's a combination I never would have imagined: a bayou-living alligator as jockey atop a black stallion racing in the Kentucky Derby! The story is done in rhyme, which makes it great to read aloud. The colorful illustrations are just delightful, each covering two pages, thus giving a powerful sense of movement to the story. Who wins the race? The answer: old-style southern charm. This book is seventh in a series featuring Gaston the alligator.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565540651
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Series:
Gaston Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

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