Mardi Gras in New Orleans is perhaps the only place where a giraffe named Jenny would not draw any attention.
In this adventure, Jenny Giraffe learns all there is to know about Mardi Gras. She learns that purple, green, and gold are the Mardi Gras colors and what they represent. Jenny’s friends, Angelle, Claude, T-Boy, and Lita, teach her about king cakes, parades, floats, and “throws.”
Her friends also have a big surprise for Jenny—she is going to ride in the Krewe of Orpheus Super Parade. Excited about throwing beads and doubloons to thousands of people along the parade route, Jenny is even more excited because her mother will be able to ride on the float with her! Together, they experience the “Biggest Free Show on Earth”—Mardi Gras.
Aboard the Smokey Mary float, Jenny and her mother wear masks and throw beads, cups, doubloons, and toys to all of the parade goers. Jenny’s first Mardi Gras is truly one she will never forget.
About the Author
Cecilia Casrill Dartez is a former elementary-school teacher and the author of three other books in the Jenny Giraffe Series: Jenny Giraffe Discovers the French Quarter, Jenny Giraffe and the Streetcar Party,
and Jenny Giraffe Discovers Papa Noël,
all published by Pelican. She is also the author of The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book
and the editor of A Marmac Guide to New Orleans,
both published by Pelican.
About the Illustrator
This is illustrator Andy Green’s third collaboration with Ms. Dartez. He is a free-lance artist from Picayune, Mississippi.