From the alligators that live in the Louisiana lowlands and the blooming magnolia flower, to the fleur-de-lis that appears on that state flag, Deborah Ousley Kadair celebrates Louisiana state symbols in this colorful picture book. She uses the blue sky as a backdrop to recreate symbols in the shape of clouds and then invites children to guess the symbol by offering clues, in the traditional I Spy game format.
This guessing game features thorough facts about seven state symbols, including the brown pelican, which lends the state its nickname—the Pelican State. The repetition and rhyme make this a fun way for children to learn about Louisiana culture.
About the Author/Illustrator
Kadair received a two-year degree in child development at the College of the Mainland in Texas. After marrying, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she obtained her Montessori certification. She attended Louisiana State University, where she earned her BA while participating in the Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta, an academic organization. Kadair is the author and illustrator of Pelican’s I Spy in the Texas Sky, There Was an Ol’ Cajun, and Grandma’s Gumbo. She is also the illustrator of Pelican’s Today Is Monday in New York, Today Is Monday in Texas, Chef Creole, Today Is Monday in Louisiana, and Down in Louisiana. Kadair lives in Cedar Park, Texas.
I SPY IN THE LOUISIANA SKY
Written and Illustrated by Deborah Ousley Kadair
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.