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Around the world Santa Claus has many names. But in a deep, swampy bayou of Louisiana, he's known as Papa Noël. In such a hot and humid place, there can be no sleds or reindeer, so Papa Noël rides the river in a boat that's pulled by eight alligators, with a snowy white one named Nicollette in the lead. On this particular Christmas Eve, it's so foggy on the river that even Nicollette's magical glowing-green eyes may not be enough to guide Papa Noël. The alligators are tired, grumpy and bruised from banging into cypress trees, and Papa is desperate to get all the gifts to the little children. Well, "quicker than a snake shimmies down the river," the clever Cajun people come up with a solution that saves the day. A colorfully inventive Christmas tale, Papa Noël is a lesson in fast thinking, as well as a witty introduction to a part of America that's rich in folklore and legend.
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This is a wonderful regional story set in the Louisiana Cajun country. It is pure fantasy involving a Cajun Santa living deep in the swamp. Instead of a sleigh and reindeer, this Santa has a pirogue pulled by alligators. Nicolette, a magical white alligator, has green eyes that shine like Rudolphs red nose. Kids of all ages will love this well written story and the beautiful illustrations. I've bought copies of this book for all my neices, nephews, as well as my great neices and nephews and everyone has claimed this as their most favorite book of all.