Mimi's First Mardi Gras

Mimi's First Mardi Gras

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by Alice Couvillon, Elizabeth Moore, Marilyn Rougelot
     
 

Colorful illustrations of the rich cultural celebration re-create the look and mood of Carnival.

Overview

Colorful illustrations of the rich cultural celebration re-create the look and mood of Carnival.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seen through Mimi's eyes, this pictorial tour of Mardi Gras in New Orleans provides a pleasing introduction to the holiday. Though the inclusion of abundant details may strike some as forced, readers can glean snippets of history and such traditions as the King Cake, a sizable confection with ``a tiny baby doll'' hidden inside. Preparations for the annual festivities include the all-important choices of costume; though her parents are dressing as clowns, ``Mimi had her heart set on being a beautiful princess.'' The depiction of the parade--with its gaudy carnival atmosphere--vividly highlights the Fat Tuesday food, the trinkets thrown to the crowd and the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival. When the parade is over, an exhausted Mimi joins her cousins for gumbo and jambalaya. While Rougelot's watercolor illustrations are not particularly distinctive, they manage to evoke the many facets of this timehonored extravaganza. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882898407
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1991
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,096,875
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.

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.

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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Mimi's First Mardi Gras 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thru the eye's of a child, wonderful memories of the event are indeed magnified and impressionable! First Lady Laura Bush read this story to a class of Parisian children. Ideally, this book is a wonderful reference to share with children about how our regional customs do vary. The illustrations are beautifully depicted as one can just imagine how children celebrate the unique tradition of Mardi Gras.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story, but a child will struggle reading it on his own. I was hoping the vocabulary would be more "kid friendly" for my kindergarteners. It was also a little too lengthy to read aloud. I could only show them some of the pictures of Mardi Gras.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had purchased this book online with the intention of reading it to my elementary school students (K-4) as an introduction to Mardi Gras. However, after a few pages, I realized that it would not be appropriate for ANY grade level. The text was much too long-winded for the younger students, while the tone and ideas were appropriate for the younger students but would make the older students feel patronized. The narrative took many "explanatory" detours, and even I got lost trying to figure out what was important in the book. I promptly returned this book, and I would not recommend it to anyone. The one star I gave it were for the illustrations, which were quite pretty.
ejune More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter fell in love with this book when we checked it out from our local library. She was crushed to learn that someone else had checked it out and not returned it last summer, so I was delighted to find it still available. While our family has never been to Mardi Gras, we both adored the story, and Marilyn Rougelot's lavish illustrations are truly works of art. It is clearly written for middle-school children, but even at 3 years of age, she found it enchanting.