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

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

by Sheila Hebert-Collins, Patrick Soper
     
 

"Set in the heart of Louisiana swampland, this version of a classic folktale blends lots of Cajun French language and culture into the lively storytelling."
--Booklist

Deep in the heart of the Louisiana swamp, there lives a poor fur trapper, his second wife, and his twins. The stepmother has a plan to leave the children in the swamp to ease the family's

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"Set in the heart of Louisiana swampland, this version of a classic folktale blends lots of Cajun French language and culture into the lively storytelling."
--Booklist

Deep in the heart of the Louisiana swamp, there lives a poor fur trapper, his second wife, and his twins. The stepmother has a plan to leave the children in the swamp to ease the family's financial problems. See how the Cajun Hansel and Gretel outsmart her plan and escape from the witch who lures them into her cottage.

This Cajun twist to a classic fairy tale is sure to grab the attention of children, because many young people actually made a contribution to the story. A class of eighth-grade students assisted the author in its development and is credited in the book for doing so.

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:
02/28/2001
Series:
Cajun Tall Tales Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,129,965
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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