Lapin, the clever rabbit, his friend Bouki, the slow-witted wolf, and their friends encounter adventure, competition, and romance throughout the bayous of Louisiana in this collection of entertaining and educational tales.
In “The Escape,” Lapin has a playful adventure as he tries to outwit a very hungry bear. “La Poussière (The Dust)” tells how Bouki, Lapin, and others compete to win the hand of the most beautiful bride in the entire swamp. “Compère Crapaud’s Ride” reveals the cleverness of the toad determined to do anything to marry the girl he loves.
Drawing on the rich oral tradition of the Cajun people, Cajun Folktales collects six of the best children’s stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. Told in the tradition of Brer Rabbit, these stories are accompanied by the beautiful illustrations of Patrick Soper.
About the Author
Celia Soper is a descendant of the first French colonists in Louisiana and has been fascinated with Cajun folk tales since she heard them as a little girl. She was therefore excited to keep those stories alive by publishing them in a children’s book. She and her husband, Patrick, reside in Lafayette, Louisiana—deep in the heart of Cajun country—where they currently co-own and operate Soper Studio. Mrs. Soper is an active member of the Lafayette Public Library Foundation Board.
About the Illustrator
The work of Patrick Soper, a member of the Society of Illustrators, has appeared in national publications such as Outdoor Life, Organic Gardening, and West Coast Book Review. Mr. Soper is also the illustrator of A Mardi Gras Dictionary and A Christmas Dictionary, both by Beverly Vidrine, and of The Night Thief, Mardi Gras in the Country, and Cajun Folktales, all published by Pelican.
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By Celia Soper
Illustrated by Patrick Soper
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
29 color illustrations