My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane

My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane

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by Johnette Downing
     
 

Based on a traditional song adapted by this nationally acclaimed Louisiana singer/songwriter, this rhyming picture book tells of various Louisiana fare such as red beans, fil� gumbo, baguettes, and alligator stew. Readers are also introduced to the pirogue, a small, flat-bottom wooden boat used by locals to traverse the local bayous and

Overview

Based on a traditional song adapted by this nationally acclaimed Louisiana singer/songwriter, this rhyming picture book tells of various Louisiana fare such as red beans, fil� gumbo, baguettes, and alligator stew. Readers are also introduced to the pirogue, a small, flat-bottom wooden boat used by locals to traverse the local bayous and wetlands. References to these Louisiana favorites will offer children a tour of the Pelican State's diverse and unique traditions.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589806078
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,284,738
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Johnette Downing is an award-winning and internationally recognized singer and songwriter. Her many accolades include eight Parents’ Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and five National Parenting Publication Awards. She wrote and/or illustrated There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, How to Dress a Po’ Boy, Why the Oyster Has the Pearl, Why the Possum Has a Large Grin, Macarooned on a Dessert Island, The Fifolet, and other Pelican titles. Downing lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
art-owllady More than 1 year ago
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.