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'T Pousette et 'T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel

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Deep in the heart of the Louisiana swamp, there lived a poor fur trapper, his second wife, and his twins. The stepmother has a plan for getting rid of the children in the swamp so that she and her husband will have fewer living expenses.

Will little Cajun twins 'T Pousette and 'T Poulette outsmart the evil Swamp Witch, enlist the help of a cocodrie, and find their way out of the dark Louisiana swamp? In this Cajun twist on the classic Hansel and Gretel story, young readers will ...

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Overview

Deep in the heart of the Louisiana swamp, there lived a poor fur trapper, his second wife, and his twins. The stepmother has a plan for getting rid of the children in the swamp so that she and her husband will have fewer living expenses.

Will little Cajun twins 'T Pousette and 'T Poulette outsmart the evil Swamp Witch, enlist the help of a cocodrie, and find their way out of the dark Louisiana swamp? In this Cajun twist on the classic Hansel and Gretel story, young readers will pick up some Cajun French phrases and learn how to make a tasty Sauce Patate with the included recipe.

Sheila Hï bert Collins is listed on the Louisiana State Artist Roster as an author and Cajun storyteller and often appears in schools throughout the state. She also has written Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Jolie Blonde and the Three Hï berts, Les Trois Cochons, and Petite Rouge: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, all published by Pelican. Her passion for children's literature, combined with pride in her Cajun heritage, motivated her to retell well-known and cherished fairy tales with a Cajun twist.

The lush surroundings of his south Louisiana home and studio often influence the work of award-winning illustrator Patrick Soper. He has illustrated Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Cajun Folktales, Contes Populaires Cadiens, Mardi Gras in the Country, and A Christmas Dictionary, all published by Pelican. This book marks his fourth collaboration with Mrs. Collins.

A Cajun version of the well-known tale in which two children are left in the woods but find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If you desire a picture book to teach the "read-to" one Cajun French, this is your book. Judging by the endpaper bios of author and artist, the learning so garnered would be accurate. On each page, underneath the text, readers can find the Cajun words used above with their related pronunciation guides. In reading the book, one can, of course, ignore these linguistic additions—the Cajun words which are set in another type face within each story block. A child who wants to have every word she can see "read" out, would receive a language lesson from the obliging reader. Used with a lap child with a bit of French from kindergarten or parents, the story could be different. However, for me, the device is a total turn-off for lap-child story book pleasure. I know that there are picture books for older children who are poor readers. But, somehow, I don't sense that this is what the compilers of this particular picture book had in mind. 2001, Pelican Publishing Company, $14.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer: Carolyn DCL Michaels
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Another in a series of fairy tales that Collins has transformed into a Cajun tale, this one is not as successful as earlier efforts. It exhibits the usual drawback of too many Cajun words inserted into the text and explained at the bottom of each page, which tends to interrupt the flow of the story considerably. This time, however, the text also suffers from a rather inconsistent plotline, with the stepmother abruptly introduced between one page and another, an alligator that is totally superfluous, plus the treasure of Jean Lafitte, which also comes up out of the blue. In addition, the father tenderly tells his children a bedtime story about Lafitte-and then deserts them in the swamp the next day. The stepmother is conveniently killed off by the same swamp fever that killed the children's mother. Soper's colorful pastel illustrations delineate the text faithfully but are rather stiff and unimaginative. For those interested in the Cajun language, Collins's Les Trois Cochons and Jolie Blonde and the Three H berts (both Pelican, 1999) are of better quality and mirror the true fairy tales more closely, which is half the fun.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565547643
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Cajun Tall Tales Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,456,569
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A former teacher who makes frequent school appearances, Sheila Hébert-Collins proudly claims a heritage that is completely Cajun. A native of Abbeville, Louisiana, Hébert-Collins combined her love and pride of her culture with her love of children's literature to create unique, Cajun fairy tales. Because of her talent, she is featured on the Louisiana State Artist Roster as an author and Cajun storyteller. She has also written Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Blanchette et Les Sept Petits Cajuns: A Cajun Snow White, Jacques et La Canne à Sucre: A Cajun Jack and the Beanstalk, Jolie Blonde and the Three Héberts: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, Les Trois Cochons, and 'T Pousette et 'T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel, all published by Pelican.

The lush surroundings of his south Louisiana home and studio often influence the work of award-winning illustrator Patrick Soper. The work of Patrick Soper, a member of the Society of Illustrators, has appeared in national publications such as Outdoor Life, Organic Gardening, and West Coast Book Review. In addition to Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, he has illustrated Cajun Folktales, Contes Populaires Cadiens, Mardi Gras in the Country, and A Christmas Dictionary, all published by Pelican.

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