My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane

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Using a traditional song that she has artfully adapted, Johnette Downing has created a whimsically rhyming picture book. The story tells of various Louisiana fare such as red beans, filé gumbo, baguettes and beignets, and crawfish stew. Children are also introduced to the Cajun accordion, which came to Louisiana from Germany and is an important part of Cajun music. Readers are encouraged to participate as active observers as they tour the towns and explore the traditions of the ...
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Overview

Using a traditional song that she has artfully adapted, Johnette Downing has created a whimsically rhyming picture book. The story tells of various Louisiana fare such as red beans, filé gumbo, baguettes and beignets, and crawfish stew. Children are also introduced to the Cajun accordion, which came to Louisiana from Germany and is an important part of Cajun music. Readers are encouraged to participate as active observers as they tour the towns and explore the traditions of the Pelican State.
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Editorial Reviews

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589806078
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 689,840
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnette Downing is an award-winning, internationally recognized singer/songwriter. Her many accolades include six Parents' Choice Awards, three iParenting Media Awards, and an Imagination Award, among others. In addition to being the author of Today Is Monday in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Texas, Chef Creole, and Down in Louisiana, she wrote and illustrated Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud and My Aunt Came Back from Lousiane, all available from Pelican. When she's not traveling the globe sharing her Louisiana heritage with children of all ages she lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Johnette Downing is an award-winning, internationally recognized singer/songwriter. Her many accolades include six Parents' Choice Awards, three iParenting Media Awards, and an Imagination Award, among others. In addition to being the author of Today Is Monday in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Texas, Chef Creole, and Down in Louisiana, she wrote and illustrated Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud and My Aunt Came Back from Lousiane, all available from Pelican. When she's not traveling the globe sharing her Louisiana heritage with children of all ages she lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Keeping Louisiana Children's literature alive!

    Wonderful Louisiana children's book.
    Illustrations are great for children
    Excellent to share/sing with grandchildren about Louisiana culture.
    Added bonus - gives a little bit of history about famous LA towns, events, culture and foods.

    I also shared it with a Sr. Citizen's group getting them to echo lines after me. They loved the book and all wanted the publishing info so that they could purchase book for THEIR grandchildren & great-grandchildren.
    Johnette Downing is a treasure in this field of children's literature and music.

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