“An illustrated songbook is always welcome for storytimes, especially one with easy collages to copy for potential flannel-board use.”
—School Library Journal
“Kids will love Kadair’s bold, collage-style illustrations, and a handy glossary will help them learn about the best of Louisiana fare.”
—NOLA Baby magazine
Award-winning singer and songwriter Johnette Downing teams up with illustrator Deborah Ousley Kadair for another perfect storybook, which celebrates life in Louisiana and introduces young readers to the spice of Southern culture and food.
To the tune of the traditional song “Aiken Drum,” Downing puts together quintessential Cajun ingredients to make the ultimate Creole man. With legs made of French bread and hair made of rice, Chef Creole comprises all of the South’s most-favorite foods and teaches children about the many flavors of Louisiana.
Chef Creole includes a glossary of Louisiana fare, including boudin, cayenne pepper, and beignets. Kadair’s collage-style illustrations make it easy for children to interact with the book and point out the foods that help build Chef Creole himself.
About the Author
Johnette Downing is an award-winning singer and songwriter who performs original children’s music inspired by her Louisiana heritage. Her accolades include eight Parents’ Choice Awards, two Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Awards, five National Parenting Publications awards, four iParenting Media Awards, a Family Choice award, and a Family Review Center Seal of Approval award. She is the author of numerous children’s books, including Pelican’s Down in Louisiana.
About the Illustrator
Author and illustrator Deborah Ousley Kadair received wide acclaim for her first book, There Was an Ol’ Cajun, which was based on the classic nursery rhyme “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.” Trained in the Montessori teaching method, Kadair also conducts storytelling and illustration workshops for children. She is the author of I Spy in the Texas Sky and the illustrator of several of Downing’s books, including Down in Louisiana and Today Is Monday in Louisiana. She lives in Texas.
Adapted by Johnette Downing
Illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
28 color illus. Song Glossary
Ages 0-5 Grades 0-K