Grandma's Gumbo

Grandma's Gumbo

by Deborah Kadair
     
 

"The catchy refrain, 'Just the thing to make it yumbo,/All a part of Grandma's gumbo,' will be a surefire hook for young listeners who love to join in on the story. . . . Grandma's Gumbo is a tasty treat."
--School Library Journal

"The rhymes are sure to delight as will the drawings. This is a great story to read aloud."
--Bloomsbury Review

"Deborah Ousley

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"The catchy refrain, 'Just the thing to make it yumbo,/All a part of Grandma's gumbo,' will be a surefire hook for young listeners who love to join in on the story. . . . Grandma's Gumbo is a tasty treat."
--School Library Journal

"The rhymes are sure to delight as will the drawings. This is a great story to read aloud."
--Bloomsbury Review

"Deborah Ousley Kadair stirs up authentic Louisiana ingredients to create a special story of pot cooking with love."
--New Orleans Culinary Concierge

Shrimp, oysters, bell peppers, okra--mmm! Grandma stirs up these and other authentic Louisiana ingredients to create a special Southern dish. Add generous portions of rice and onions, then top it off with plenty of hot sauce and a dash of filè, and you've got yourself a traditional Creole gumbo that'll make you go "yumbo"!

This delightful rhyming story features bold, colorful collage-style illustrations surrounded by a charming and infectious poetic rhythm. Readers will be enchanted as Grandma adds more and more items to her big black pot. Every ingredient plays an important part in the formation of this delicious dish, making it the tastiest treat this side of the Mississippi.

Readers even get the chance to make some culinary magic of their own! Included is a recipe for gumbo, just like Grandma's, that children and parents can cook together. Bon appètit!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Kadair introduces children to her family recipe for a Creole culinary classic through a grandmother and three children who cook up a pot of gumbo. The stylized, naive collage illustrations, similar to the artist's work in There Was an Ol' Cajun (Pelican, 2002), are just as simple and effective. Unfortunately, the text does not have quite the same charm and flow as the first book. While most of the couplets roll off the tongue easily, some of them work a little too hard to complete the rhyme. Ultimately, the verses sacrifice rhythm and use vocabulary that seems somewhat out of place. However, the catchy refrain, "Just the thing to make it yumbo,/All a part of Grandma's gumbo," will be a surefire hook for young listeners who love to join in on the story. Although lacking the cultural flavor of Kadair's tale, Candace Fleming's Gator Gumbo (Farrar, 2004) is an enjoyable morality story that would make a good companion piece. Despite its flaws, Grandma's Gumbo is a tasty treat.-Sean George, Memphis-Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, Memphis, TN Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589801332
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,129,391
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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