When Carnival rolls around in New Orleans, it’s time for everyone to celebrate—including the beads! Hanging from his hook on a parade float, a little purple bead hopes to be caught by someone special. He spots a little girl in the crowd who would be perfect for him, but will he be thrown in time for her to catch him? The bigger and more decorated beads tell him that he’s much too plain to ever get picked, but if there’s one thing this bead knows best, it’s that a little hope and determination can go a long way! With delightful illustrations and a story sure to charm the entire family, The Little Purple Mardi Gras Bead delivers all the magic and heart that make Mardi Gras an experience like no other.
About the Author
Raised in New Orleans among the Mardi Gras madness, Julie P. Rowley specializes in early childhood education. She holds a master’s of education in early childhood curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. Her stories were inspired by her daughter’s imagination—a trait that definitely runs in the family as her father illustrated this tale! Rowley lives in Chalmette, Louisiana.
About the Illustrator
A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, John R. Paquette is a retired editor. He is also a professional vocalist and a talented portrait artist and illustrator. Paquette is the father of the author. He lives in Mandeville, Louisiana.
THE LITTLE PURPLE MARDI GRAS BEAD
By Julie P. Rowley
Illustrated by John R. Paquette
JUVENILE FICTION / Toys, Dolls & Puppets
JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
32 pp. 8 x 8
Age & Grade: 3-8, Pre-K - 2
ISBN: 9781455623440 pb