The Twelve Days of Christmas in Louisiana

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Rosalie is sending her cousin Paul a ticket to come to Louisiana for the twelve days of Christmas—and that’s a very special time there, because Christmas doesn’t really end in New Orleans until Twelfth Night, January 6th. And that very same evening, Carnival, with its joyful parades and gorgeous costumes, begins.
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Rosalie is sending her cousin Paul a ticket to come to Louisiana for the twelve days of Christmas—and that’s a very special time there, because Christmas doesn’t really end in New Orleans until Twelfth Night, January 6th. And that very same evening, Carnival, with its joyful parades and gorgeous costumes, begins.
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-While visiting his cousin in Louisiana, Paul sends his parents a letter on each day from December 26 to January 6. The African-American cousins explore the Tchefuncte River and listen to jazz in Jackson Square. On the left side of each spread is Paul's letter describing his day (a trip to the Tabasco factory, for instance). The right side features the paraphrased words to the traditional song-"On the eighth day of Christmas, my cousin gave to me . . . 8 bottles of hot sauce, 7 secret treasures . . . " and so on. The vivacious cartoon illustrations bring to life the region's diversity and character. This book could be useful throughout the year, as it is less a Christmas book than a fact-filled compendium of fascinating state lore.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Kirkus Reviews
In this informative and entertaining offering, Cassels and Cravath give the traditional Christmas song a Louisiana twist. When Paul visits his cousin Rosalie in the bayou state, she gives him a "pelican in a cypress tree" and 11 other gifts with Louisiana flair, including hot sauce, marsh ducks, crawfish and riverboats. Each spread contains a letter from Paul to his parents in which he elaborates on the gift that Rosalie has given him that day. For example, on the tenth day of Christmas, when Rosalie gives Paul "10 frogs a-leaping," Paul writes to his Mom and Dad about the Rayne Frog Festival, detailing the rules of the frog-jumping contest held there each September. Cravath's bold and engaging illustrations combined with the format of this offering-the repetitive song on the right and the letter from Paul with its additional information on the left-make it a good choice for read-alouds as well as for individual enjoyment. (state facts and famous figures, author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2009

    Author needs a Geography lesson

    I am from New Orleans and love most books that educate readers of our history and geography. This is a cute book and a great way of sharing but the author needs a geography lesson on the origin of the Mississippi River. In the book it states the Mississippi originates in Wisconsin when in fact it originates in Minnesota! I was also disappointed the editors didn't catch this blatant mistake. It is a sad commentary on our education system!
    J Peck

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Love Cajun Louisiana

    This book is adorable. It is something to share with anyone from the South, familiar with Louisiana, who come from Louisiana or who are lucky enough to live in Louisiana now. I come from Cajun ancestry. Delightful book to pass on to my son.

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