Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras

Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras

by Elizabeth Moore, Alice Couvillon, Marilyn Rougelot, Marilyn C. Rougelot
     
 

Mimi, a native New Orleanian, has never seen this spectacle. Through her family, she will hear the history and customs of this country event.

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Mimi, a native New Orleanian, has never seen this spectacle. Through her family, she will hear the history and customs of this country event.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just about everyone knows about New Orleans-style Mardi Gras, but traditional Cajun festivities have an even longer history. In Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras by Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore, illus. by Marilyn Carter Rougelot, the heroine of Mimi's First Mardi Gras joins her country cousins in admiring screen masks and "chank-a-chank music," then marvels at the Courir du Mardi Gras, a procession of masked men on horseback who go from house to house to collect ingredients for the town's big gumbo feast. (Pelican, $14.95, 32p, ages 4-8 ISBN 1-56554-069-7, Jan.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Jean Paul and Mimi get ready for Mardi Gras, and as they do various relatives convey the meaning behind this holiday brought to America by the Cajuns. The story is laced with Cajun words depicting foods, customs and events surrounding this holiday. The attempt to convey the uniqueness of this event by including special vocabulary and too many customs seems awkward and unappealing. The story and its illustrations seem amateurish and contrived.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A companion to Mimi's First Mardi Gras (Pelican, 1992). This time, the little girl goes to visit her cousin Jean-Paul in the country to experience the unique Courir de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Run) celebrated in Cajun country. All of the traditions associated with Fat Tuesday are covered. Sprinkled with Cajun phrases, the text is informative without being dry. The watercolor illustrations colorfully depict the lighthearted goings on, and both art and story convey the flavor of this special day. After a dearth of information on the subject, there are several books currently available, including Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's excellent Mardi Gras (Holiday, 1995) and Mary Alice Fontenot's readable and informative Mardi Gras in the Country (Pelican, 1994).-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565540699
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1995
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,098,659
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore are both Louisiana natives who reside in Covington and graduated from Newcomb College in New Orleans. Together they wrote the Pelican titles Mimiís First Mardi Gras, Mimi and Jean-Paulís Cajun Mardi Gras, and Louisiana Indian Tales.

Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore are both Louisiana natives who reside in Covington and graduated from Newcomb College in New Orleans.

Illustrator Marilyn Carter Rougelot, who also provided the illustrations for Mimi's First Mardi Gras and Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras as well as Portraits of Extraordinary Women, is a native New Orleanian. She began her art training in the city's Vieux Carr and is an accomplished painter specializing in portraiture.

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