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Told in rhyming couplets, this book reads the way a parade feels and sounds, with the steady beat of the drum moving the story along. A glossary of terms relating to the Battle of New Orleans is included.
Author Freddi Williams Evans is an artist/facilitator with the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, Louisiana. She holds degrees from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally from Madison, Mississippi, she now lives in New Orleans.
Illustrator Emile Henriquez was born in New Orleans in 1937. Widely known as a commercial artist, graphic designer, and calligrapher, he has illustrated three other books for Pelican: D.J. and the Jazz Fest, D.J. and the Zulu Parade, and D.J. and the Debutante Ball. He lives in Slidell, Louisiana.
Posted February 2, 2009
Emile Henriquez's sharply detailed bright colored illustrations and rhyming couplets tell the story of Jordan B. Noble or 'Old Jordan' as he was known. 'Old Jordan, Old Jordan,' his name rang in the air. He was the crowd's favorite no one could compare.' The crowd refers to the many people who gathered in the 1800s for the January 8th Day parades commemorating the Battle of New Orleans. At that time, those were among the biggest events in New Orleans, and Jordan was beloved by all. Although he was then an old man he continued to march in the parades beating his drum. Old Jordan had quite a history - he served in four American wars, and as a youth was Andrew Jackson's drummer. In this tribute to a man and a city's history, a young boy follows Old Jordan in the parade and listens as the drummer recounts his adventures and the importance of a drummer during wartime. A glossary is included with definitions of terms used in the story, such as `cotton bales' and `dragoons.' Highly recommended for ages 5 - 8. - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.