From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3—Downing has adapted a traditional song and based it on Louisiana towns. In each verse, the aunt comes back from a different place with a representative gift- a sweet beignet from the Vieux Carré; a fiddle from Cajun country, and so on, ending with, "My aunt came back from Louisiane/and she's going back as soon as she can." The adapter-illustrator has created simple, colorful collages. A glossary offers brief explanations for some of the gifts, an outline map shows approximate areas referred to in the text, and the song and music are included. Children, especially Louisianans, will have fun looking at the illustrations while they sing along.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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From the Inside Flap
Using a traditional song that she has artfully adapted, Johnette Downing has created a whimsically rhyming picture book. The story tells of various Louisiana fare such as red beans, filï gumbo, baguettes and beignets, and crawfish stew. Children are also introduced to the Cajun accordion, which came to Louisiana from Germany and is an important part of Cajun music. Readers are encouraged to participate as active observers as they tour the towns and explore the traditions of the Pelican State.