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Why Lapin's Ears Are Long: And Other Tales from the Louisiana Bayou Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1 edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531300412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531300411
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4. Doucet has done a first-rate job adapting these three Creole-Cajun folktales. All involve Compere Lapin, a tricky rabbit counterpart to Br'er Rabbit. The stories flow smoothly and have a natural south Louisiana cadence, making them excellent choices for storytelling and reading aloud. Catrow has created a memorable protagonist: a cocky, bright-eyed rabbit with enormous ears. The other animals are also drawn in a lively, colorful cartoon style with plenty of humor and character?perfect complements to the narrative. An introduction places Compere Lapin in the spectrum of American folklore and lists the original collectors of the tales. This book offers a slice of folklore from a unique culture. Perhaps more of these tales will be published, for "rumor has it...that Lapin's still conjuring up tricks and giving dee-mon-stree-ations of Trouble all up and down that Louisiana bayou."?Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. With cartoonlike illustrations that fill up and sometimes explode off the page, these three entertaining pourquoi folktales from Cajun country show rabbit in his glory as a trickster character. Compere Lapin may not be big or strong, but he is definitely clever enough to trick others into giving him what he wants. Being good at being bad is what he enjoys most. The antics of Doucet's Louisiana rabbit parallel those of both Br'er Rabbit of the American South and Sungura of East Africa, but children may also have fun comparing Lapin's tricks to the adventures of their personal trickster favorites, such as Anansi, the coyote, and Kancil the Malaysian mouse deer. The author includes a glossary and the names of five collectors of south Louisiana's folktales. Karen Morgan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I participate in a program in California called Rolling Readers. I am currently reading to a class of third graders. The children were enthralled with the book both with the stories and with the illustrations. They begged me to find more stories of Compere Lapin's antics. I cannot imagine a more successful book from their point of view.
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By A Customer on August 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
We love this book!!!! I read this to my son who is 9 1/2 years old and has ADD. He has such a short attention span with any book I read to him. He actually looked at the photos and listened to me read this book without taking his eyes off of it. The rabbit is cunning and the wildcat part is histerically funny, we laughed and laughed. Thank you and You need to keep writing more funny books about this funny rabbit, wildcat.
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By A Customer on November 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was enchanted by Br'er Rabbit when I was a small child. Now as an adult, I find myself emamoured with Compere Lapin! "Why Lapin's Ears Are Long" is a truly delightful story of a mischevious rabbit who knows what he wants, usually gets it and sometimes a little more than he bargained for. It's easy to find yourself laughing while reading this story aloud with a Cajun accent. The stories and illustrations are equally wonderful! Hope Madame Doucet plans to write more Lapin tales!
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By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The pronunciation guide is the subtle difference in this children's book. Granted, the stories are amusing and the illustrations captivating but the real enjoyment comes from reading the story to a child "in character."
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