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My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane Hardcover – August 26, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589806077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589806078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.


More About the Author

Dubbed the "Musical Ambassador to Children," Johnette Downing is a multi-award winning children's book author and musician who is dedicated to cultural exchanges, celebrating childhood and fostering literacy through her programs, music and books. Johnette has received twenty-one awards and has performed in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Central America, North America and the Caribbean. Author of thirteen picture books and ten children's CD, Johnette's presentations, music and books speak to a child's interests in an engaging, thought-provoking and culturally respectful way. Visit her web site for more information about her delightful programs, music, books as well as her tour dates and news at www.johnettedowning.com.

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By C. Filo on October 13, 2010
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This is the first in a ever evolving series of books. State by state, starting with Louisiana.
They young children LOVE it, especially when you sing the book to Johnette Downing's song.
After the children learn about things in Louisiana, you can go on to Texas, etc etc.etc
you won't be sorry you bought this colorful book that young children love.
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I think the book is interesting. It does bring in a lot of Cajun culture. Will be reading it to my PreK Class for "L" week.
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