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GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN Homeless and Runaway Children's Picture Book (Life Skills Childrens eBooks Fully Illustrated Version 8) [Kindle Edition]

Carol Talley , Itoko Maeno
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Book Description

“I fell asleep thinking about the dog with no home and thinking about my home and wondering if this might be the night an intruder came, with no watchdog there to warn Gus.”

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Fully Illustrated Version

Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6

This version of GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.

If the text-only version is better for your needs, then please click on GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader - ages 6-9.

Happy reading in either Version.

SELF ESTEEM - DISCOVERING HAPPINESS WHERE YOU ARE

Running away from home! Who doesn't sometimes dream of it? To go someplace else, to be somebody else!

Here is the story of a loveable mutt named Gumbo, who-longing to be SOMEBODY-abandons his watchdog duties and follows the streetcar tracks downtown to the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. There he discovers a world of new experiences and meets a colorful cast of canine characters, including a dancing poodle and self-appointed tour guide named Pompon, the blue-ribboned Champion Stella de Chateau Blanc, the fearsome Catahoula Hound and, finally, a nameless, homeless dog who visits Gumbo on the moonlit levee like a sad dream.

On his journey, Gumbo learns that the identity he seeks is not to be found in new places, however exciting, or in new acquaintances, however distinguished. For Gumbo, the road to self-esteem leads right back home, where he loves and is loved and where he is, after all, somebody very important.

Author Carol Talley, a former resident of New Orleans, returned to this picturesque city, tracing Gumbo's journey down St. Charles Avenue and through the French Quarter to Jackson Square and the riverfront.

From Gumbo's own shotgun house with its rose-bedecked chain-link fence to the sun-drenched Mississipi with its mighty ships and paddle wheelers, Illustrator Itoko Maeno has captured the kaleidoscopic magic of New Orleans for this classic tale of running away and returning.

Gumbo thinks he leads a pretty dull life. Maybe that's why he decides one day to run away from home, to leave his watchdog duties and go Downtown. Children will delight in following Gumbo as he finds adventure aplenty in the historic French Quarter and meets a delightful cast of canine characters. And they will learn-as Gumbo does-that wherever he goes and whomever he meets, everyone seems to be looking for the very thing he has left behind-a place called home.

This is such a popular book in New Orleans, especially since the tragedy of Katrina. With its beautiful descriptions of the famous spots in the city, it has become especially dear to tourists and those with happy memories of fabulous New Orleans.

GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN will help young readers examine the importance of their own homes, and help them explore sources of inner contentment.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about Louisiana, the Mississippi River, New Orleans, a ShotGun House, the French Quarter, Jackson Square, The St. Charles Streetcar, and Gumbo (not the main character, but the spicy stew made with shrimp, crabs, oysters, chicken, ham, or even rabbit or squirrel! Seasoned with thyme, bayleaf, chilies, and cayenne pepper and thickened with okra or file, it is delicious!) This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in colorful descriptions of many famous places in and around New Orleans.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the story...the importance of home...right where you are. So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.


Editorial Reviews

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Brilliant illustrations and timeless story. --School Library Journal, March, 1994

Your character education books are excellent and should be highly commended. Keep up the good work! --Nora Tomei, School Counselor, Flushing, NY

Your character education books are excellent and should be highly commended. Keep up the good work! --Nora Tomei, School Counselor, Flushing, NY

Your character education books are excellent and should be highly commended. Keep up the good work! --Nora Tomei, School Counselor, Flushing, NY

Your character education books are excellent and should be highly commended. Keep up the good work! --Nora Tomei, School Counselor, Flushing, NY

Your character education books are excellent and should be highly commended. Keep up the good work! --Nora Tomei, School Counselor, Flushing, NY

From the Inside Flap

Running away from home! Who doesn't sometimes dream of it? To go someplace else, to be somebody else!

Here is the story of a loveable mutt named Gumbo, who -- longing to be SOMEBODY -- abandons his watchdog duties and follows the streetcar tracks downtown to the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. There he discovers a world of new experiences and meets a colorful cast of canine characters, including a dancing poodle and self-appointed tour guide named Pompon, the blue-ribboned Champion Stella de Chateau Blanc, the fearsome Catahoula Hound and, finally, a nameless, homeless dog who visits Gumbo on the moonlit levee like a sad dream.

On his journey, Gumbo learns that the identity he seeks is not to be found in new places, however exciting, or in new acquaintances, however distinguished. For Gumbo, the road to self-esteem leads right back home, where he loves and is loved and where he is, after all, somebody very important.

Author Carol Talley, a former resident of New Orleans, returned to this picturesque city with award-winning illustrator Itoko Maeno, tracing Gumbo's journey down St. Charles Avenue and through the French Quarter to Jackson Square and the riverfront.

From Gumbo's own shotgun house with its rose-bedecked chain-link fence to the sun-drenched Mississippi with its mighty ships and paddle wheelers, they have captured the kaleidoscopic magic of New Orleans for this classic tale of running away and returning.


Product Details

  • File Size: 4074 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC Self-Esteem and Self-Respect Publications (July 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HK4KH4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story February 5, 2013
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The great thing about this book is the guide at the end to help children of all ages critically think about the message of the story and how it relates to life. Sample questions at the end are a great way to start a discussion, and can easily be adapted for most age groups. The illustrations are terrific, and lend a sense of motion to the book. Adults would benefit from reading the guide at the end first, and then sharing with children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Informational Fiction January 1, 2013
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Having grown up in the New Orleans area, I couldn't resist this title! And I wasn't disappointed. Beautiful illustrations, good writing, and an important life lesson message. The informational tidbits about N.O. in the back of the book pushed this to a 5-star rating. This is the best children's book for Kindle that I have read so far and I look forward to exploring other titles in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book November 20, 2012
By Janet
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This children's book contains a well-written story and endearing illustrations that are detailed and rich in texture. The pages are set up in an interesting manner, and the wording is appropriate for children. They will have no difficulty following the story line. Gumbo the dog accidentally runs away from home. He has great adventures and meets interesting new friends, but eventually he realizes he misses his owner and his home. Will he find his way back? I just can't tell you that. You'll have to read the book to find out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 12, 2013
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This is a fantastic book! My five year-old and I really enjoyed it! Very cute story! :) I personally enjoyed the setting of new Orleans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gumbo February 11, 2013
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As a psychologist who works with children and families, I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever contemplated running away from home or has lost appreciation for `how good he has it` at home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I liked he book. February 8, 2013
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I thought the book was really nice because a dog has got to see the world like every dog should or animal actually.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story, beautiful pictures February 8, 2013
By Erika m
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This book has beautiful pictures and. The story is so cute too! There is also a discussion about how the story applies to your child and some questions to discuss with them...just a well written book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful dog story about running away. February 6, 2013
By Corky
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I enjoyed this children's book set in New Orleans. Gumbo is a guard dog who runs away and then finds that home really is the best place. There are some interesting facts at the end and some pointers for parents to use in a discussion about running away from problems.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!
The book is super cute. I was worried I'd missed my chance to buy it when I left New Orleans. I suppose I could have waited until we went back but I just couldn't and I was happy... Read more
Published 13 months ago by George P. F.
5.0 out of 5 stars The 6 year old says
I like it because he met a lot of new friends and had a happy ending.
He will read it again
Published 16 months ago by Marge tellier
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely artwork and a good children's book
I liked the positive message conveyed in this book. Even if the grass looks greener on the other side: "There's no place like home." Lovely detailed art work.
Published 20 months ago by Becky
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
The story is very wordy and long. It needs a lot more in the way of plot development. The drawings are nice.
Published 21 months ago by Tiptoes Lightly
5.0 out of 5 stars Gumbo leaves home, but returns from the real world
Gumbo the dog runs away when the opportunity arises, explores New Orleans as he meets other dogs, and returns home to his caring owner and neighbors. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gramma Rocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Home is where the heart is!
Great story and guide to use for questions, map, can bring in rich vocabulary and history, culture. Love how it's written in the voice of the dog. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Peggy Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Gumbo
My husband is from New Orleans and this book is a great way for our kids to connect with that heritage. The pictures are wonderful.
Published 22 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. Great tour of New Orleans. Gumbo has a high time meeting new friends and seeing new places. Learns there is no place like home.
Published 22 months ago by TheWhistler
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute pictures but difficult to read
This book does not translate well to a kindle as the text is very difficult to see. It is a cute book, and story though not the best for a kindle app.
Published 22 months ago by Deborah
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