Mama's Bayou

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"Imaginative cut-paper and collage illustrations with the stylized figures of animals and swamp flora set against dark blue backgrounds enhance the text and give the book distinction."
—School Library Journal

"A tribute to 'the sweet symphonic sounds' of Mother Nature on the bayou, perfect for children from birth to age 4 or even older."
—Midwest Book Review

"[A] quiet and lovely experience of sound play and cut paper and collage illustrations that create the rich and mysterious world of the Louisiana bayou."
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Overview

"Imaginative cut-paper and collage illustrations with the stylized figures of animals and swamp flora set against dark blue backgrounds enhance the text and give the book distinction."
—School Library Journal

"A tribute to 'the sweet symphonic sounds' of Mother Nature on the bayou, perfect for children from birth to age 4 or even older."
—Midwest Book Review

"[A] quiet and lovely experience of sound play and cut paper and collage illustrations that create the rich and mysterious world of the Louisiana bayou."
—ForeWord magazine

Crickets chirp, snakes hiss, and skeeters buzz as all the animals of the bayou get ready for bedtime. Mama rocks her baby to this soft symphony of sounds, a gentle lull of sweet and rhythmic animal noises. Illustrated in beautifully detailed and textured cut paper and collage, this simple stroll through the swampy wilderness introduces children to the bayou's animal sounds as they fall into peaceful slumber in the warm and loving embrace of Mama.

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Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and recording artist. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events. She enjoys singing her daughter to sleep. The author of many picture books with Pelican, including Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear!, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, and Dinosaur Mardi Gras, de Las Casas lives with her family in the New Orleans area.

Holly Stone-Barker is a cut-paper and collage artist and graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York City. A former teacher, she has experience working for various design firms creating logos, coloring books, and magazine covers. As a mama, she loves snuggling with her children. Her works include Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate and The House That Witchy Built. She lives in Zachary, Louisiana.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS—"Mama's by you on the bayou,/rocking you to the sounds of the crickets./Chirp, Chirp" begins this lullabye. As the pages turn, various animals are rocking their babies to sleep—each has a special sound that is added to the verse and repeated. At last, after Mother Black Bear plays her fiddle ("Big bash"), the bayou quiets down for the night ("Hush, Hush") and the animals sleep. Imaginative cut-paper and collage illustrations with the stylized figures of animals and swamp flora set against dark blue backgrounds enhance the text and give the book distinction. There is a small glossary at the back with one-sentence definitions of the plants and animals pictured, although nothing is labeled. There are several excellent picture books about the swamps of Louisiana and Florida. Kathi Appelt's Bayou Lullaby (HarperCollins, 1995), Donna M. Bateman's Deep in the Swamp (Charlesbridge, 2007), and Jim Arnosky's Babies in the Bayou (Putnam, 2007) come to mind. If another is needed, this offering will entertain and inform preschoolers.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589807877
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 699,726
  • Age range: 3 months - 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Illustrator Holly Stone-Barker graduated with a BFA in communications design from Pratt Institute in New York. She works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys teaching. Stone-Barker's colorful illustrations are created with a variety of different papers that she finds in her travels. Some of her other titles with Pelican include Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate and The Little "Read" Hen. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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