My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane

My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane

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by Johnette Downing
     
 

"Acclaimed children's musician Downing adapts and illustrates the traditional folk song 'My Aunt Came Back,' giving it her signature Louisiana twist." --Kirkus Reviews

This rhyming picture book offers children a tour of the Louisiana traditions of many beautiful towns and cities of the state. Based on a traditional song adapted by the award-winning Louisiana

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"Acclaimed children's musician Downing adapts and illustrates the traditional folk song 'My Aunt Came Back,' giving it her signature Louisiana twist." --Kirkus Reviews

This rhyming picture book offers children a tour of the Louisiana traditions of many beautiful towns and cities of the state. Based on a traditional song adapted by the award-winning Louisiana singer/songwriter Johnette Downing, the book invites children to learn the various cultural nuances of each area.

Along with the whimsical song lyrics, interesting facts about Louisiana are included on the word map. Children will learn that the town of Albany was settled by Hungarians and is known for its large, sweet strawberries, and the small Florida parish town of Franklinton is famous for its delicious watermelons. In Ruston, a town in northern Louisiana, peaches are the special fare, and in Thibodaux, it is the filé gumbo. Many more interesting facts are presented in a unique, enjoyable fashion.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3

Downing has adapted a traditional song and based it on Louisiana towns. In each verse, the aunt comes back from a different place with a representative gift- a sweet beignet from the Vieux Carré; a fiddle from Cajun country, and so on, ending with, "My aunt came back from Louisiane/and she's going back as soon as she can." The adapter-illustrator has created simple, colorful collages. A glossary offers brief explanations for some of the gifts, an outline map shows approximate areas referred to in the text, and the song and music are included. Children, especially Louisianans, will have fun looking at the illustrations while they sing along.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Kirkus Reviews
Acclaimed children's musician Downing adapts and illustrates the traditional folk song "My Aunt Came Back," giving it her signature Louisiana twist. In this version, the aunt brings back red beans from New Orleans, a French baguette from Lafayette, some crawfish stew from 'ti Mamou, a violin from Evangeline and more. Readers will become familiar with the names of various places in Louisiana as well as the foods and musical instruments those places are famous for. However, one might do better to pick up one of her infectious music CDs, such as From the Gumbo Pot, to learn about Louisiana culture from the musician at her very best. While this particular offering may well be a delightful song, the lyrics don't read well on their own, and the collage-style illustrations, which consist of large, mostly unappealing images of food, are over-simple in style and humdrum in color. The "Word Map"-a description of the places referenced in the text and instructions on how to pronounce them-and the sheet music are useful additions. (Picture book/folk song. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589806078
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
443,426
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

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