Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras

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Mimi told Tante Conette all of the family news as they walked into the house that was warm with the smell of spicy jambalaya. When they had finished their dinner, the family took their pecan pie dessert outside to sit on the porch in the moonlit night. When Mimi asked Uncle Rabbit to tell her all about the Cajun Mardi Gras, he pulled out a pipe and filled it with sweet-smelling perique tobacco. He slowly lighted it, and began—"Mimi, our Mardi Gras goes back further in time than your New Orleans Mardi Gras. . . . ...

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Overview

Mimi told Tante Conette all of the family news as they walked into the house that was warm with the smell of spicy jambalaya. When they had finished their dinner, the family took their pecan pie dessert outside to sit on the porch in the moonlit night. When Mimi asked Uncle Rabbit to tell her all about the Cajun Mardi Gras, he pulled out a pipe and filled it with sweet-smelling perique tobacco. He slowly lighted it, and began—"Mimi, our Mardi Gras goes back further in time than your New Orleans Mardi Gras. . . . It's totally different, you'll see." Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras is an explanation and a celebration of the Courir du Mardi Gras, or "Running of Mardi Gras." Mimi, a native New Orleanian, has never seen this spectacle. Through Aunt Conette, Uncle Rabbit, and her cousin Jean-Paul, she will hear the history and customs of this little-known event. It will be one she will not soon forget. With authentic details from the building of the screen mask to the chasing of the chicken for the gumbo, this story will surely stir up interest in this unique cultural festival. Alice Wilbert Couvillon and Elizabeth Butler Moore are both native Louisianians and residents of Covington. Both are also the authors of Mimi's First Mardi Gras and Louisiana Indian Tales and are graduates of Newcomb College in New Orleans. Illustrator Marilyn Carter Rougelot, who also provided the illustrations for Mimi's First Mardi Gras and Louisiana Indian Tales as well as Portraits of Extraordinary Women, is a native New Orleanian and a fine arts graduate. She began her art training in the city's Vieux Carre and is an accomplished painter specializing in portraiture.

Mimi visits her cousin Jean-Paul during the celebration of Cajun Mardi Gras in Louisiana.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540699
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 952,425
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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 Mimi's First Mardi Gras, Mimi and Jean-Paul's 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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