Dusk falls across the bayou as the crickets chirp, snakes hiss, and mosquitoes buzz. Mama rocks her baby to this soft symphony of sounds, a gentle lull of sweetly repetitive animals making noise, ready for bedtime.
Illustrated in brilliantly detailed and textured cut paper, this simple stroll through the swampy wilderness introduces children to animal sounds as they fall into peaceful slumber in the warm embrace of their loving mother. An introduction to onomatopoeia, the flora and fauna of the bayou, and a glossary of terms are among the educational aspects of this melodious story.
About the Author
Dianne de Las Casas is an author, storyteller, and recording artist. Her work has received critical acclaim from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, among many others, and she is a frequent presenter at the International Reading Association, American Library Association, and other literary and education conferences. A regular performer at arts-in-education programs and in residencies at schools, libraries, festivals, museums, and special events, de Las Casas is also the author of Pelican’s Cajun Cornbread Boy and Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach. She lives in Harvey, Louisiana, with her husband.
About the Illustrator
Holly Stone-Barker is a cut-paper and collage artist and graduate from the Pratt Institute in New York City. A former teacher, she has experience working for various design firms, creating logos, coloring books, and magazine covers. She lives in Zachary, Louisiana.
By Dianne de Las Casas
Illustrated by Holly Stone-Barker
JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. Glossary