This fun combination of original fable and factual information introduces young readers to the state of Louisiana through an entertaining and educational story based on the state symbols, history and geography. Take a trip through Louisiana as Frenchy, the brown pelican gathers up a Mardi Gras krewe to build a parade float. Along the way Frenchy meets new friends and learns about the animals, plants, geography, and culture that make Louisiana a great state! In addition to the illustrated story, interesting and informative factual sidebars & photos about the state are found throughout the book. A treasure-hunt map plots the journey and a cultural recipe is also included. This book ends with state facts at a glance, a reading comprehension quiz, and more things to see and do around Louisiana with a map showing the locations. This title is a great way to explore Louisiana in preparation for state reports or family vacations! Super SandCastle is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
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Non fiction picture book, fact and fable. This story follows the creativity of Frenchy the pelican as he must enlist all his friends to help build a float to be judged at Mardi Gras. Each one of the state emblems are visited as they add an idea for the float. A pelican, a frog, a crawfish, a bear, a cypress tree, a honey bee and a Catahoula leopard dog are just a few of his friends. With each fictional excerpt, there is a non fiction bar on the side of the page allowing for further education on the state representative presented. On page 11, an idea for a cooking activity is presented. This book would have many avenues for classroom exploration and would lend itself well to extracurricular activities. On the last page a quiz is presented to match the pictures of the state emblems to the facts or questions. Louisiana culture is presented in a fun exploratory manner that I think kids would love. A good book to read around Mardi Gras time to first and second graders.