“Reading Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, wonderful memories came running through my mind like a river. Being born in New Orleans, the people selling fruits and vegetables were a big part of the community I lived in. This book also brings to life the beauty and history of the city I remember.”
—Diane Ferlatte, award-winning storyteller and Grammy nominee
In the morning, when the sun rises, Mr. Okra drives his brightly painted truck through the streets of New Orleans, selling beautiful, fresh produce. He calls out the names of the fruits and vegetables in a voice familiar to any New Orleanian: “I got tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocados! I got mangoes! I got watermelon!” Mr. Okra’s fruits are as colorful as Mardi Gras floats. His veggies are lush like the palms in Jackson Square. And his watermelons are St.-Charles-streetcar green on the outside and Canal-Street-streetcar red on the inside.
This beloved Crescent City icon brings fresh food all over the city. Young readers will see how delicious produce reminds them of well-known places all across town. From the Mahalia Jackson Theater to St. Louis Cathedral to the Audubon Zoo, this vibrant, charming book takes readers across New Orleans and to a world of ripe, tasty ingredients.
About the Author
During her time as a volunteer in New Orleans, Lashon Daley fell in love with storytelling. After her mother’s death, she found that the spoken word connected her to her mother. Daley pursues this story connection as she earns her MA in folklore at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a distinguished graduate fellow.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Emile Henriquez is widely known as a commercial artist, graphic designer, and calligrapher. He has illustrated multiple Pelican titles, including D.J. and the Zulu Parade, D.J. and the Jazz Fest, D.J. and the Debutante Ball, The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story, The Oklahoma Land Run, and Toby Belfer Learns about Heroes and Martyrs. Henriquez lives in Slidell, Louisiana.
MR. OKRA SELLS FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
By Lashon Daley
Illustrated by Emile Henriquez
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3