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As Christmastime approaches in New Orleans, the city gears up for all of its annual traditions. There is the big Christmas parade and caroling at Jackson Square. Some even take trips to the bayou country to see the lighting of the bonfires that guide a special visitor to the homes of Louisiana on Christmas Eve. If some of these traditions sound a little out of the ordinary, then you are right along with New Orleans’ newest resident, Jenny Giraffe. Hardcover.
In Jenny Giraffe Discovers the French Quarter, Jenny finds a place to fit in. “Run, Jenny, don’t let them take you to the zoo! Find a new home!” urged Jenny Giraffe’s mother after the door to their truck popped open. Afraid of life in the zoo, the little giraffe did as her mother said, slipping through an open gate into a beautiful French Quarter courtyard.
In Jenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride, Jenny Giraffe learns all there is to know about Mardi Gras.
In Jenny Giraffe Discovers the French Quarter, Jenny finds a place to fit in. “Run, Jenny, quickly! Don’t let them take you to the zoo! Find a new home, my dear!” urged Jenny Giraffe’s mother after the door to their truck popped open during a minor accident on the streets of the French Quarter. Afraid of life in the zoo, the little giraffe did as her mother said, running down the narrow streets and slipping through an open gate into a beautiful courtyard.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is perhaps the only place where a giraffe named Jenny would not draw any attention. Jenny’s friends, Angelle, Claude, T-Boy, and Lita, teach her about king cakes, parades, floats, and “throws.”
A prolific book and magazine illustrator of the early 20th century, Smith is best known for her illustrations of Good Housekeeping covers for more than 15 years during the post-World War I era. This pictorial volume also details the life and influences of this famed illustrator. Hardcover.
Jam-packed with informative and fun facts, this ABC book teaches Jewish culture and tradition with alliteration and rhyme. In I is for Israel, young readers learn which language is acknowledged nationally, which city is recognized as the capital, and what three major religions are rooted and represented in that country. B is for bagels describes the popular food’s variety as well as what is traditionally eaten with them.
Jim Limber Davis was rescued from an abusive relative by First Lady Varina Davis when he was only five years old. Jefferson and Varina Davis then became his legal guardians and Jim lived with them in the White House for several years, enjoying life as a member of their family.
Filled with clever wordplay, sight gags, Dutch words, and dozens of hidden pictures that will keep readers coming back for repeated readings, this is the story of the legendary labor leader, Joe Van der Katt. You may not have heard of Joe because he is best known for improving the plight of blue-collar working cats all over the world.
Josh’s little sister Callie is probably the sweetest girl in the whole county, but no one loves her more than her big brother. When Josh finds a giant pumpkin on Grandpa Frank’s farm, the two agree to keep it a secret from Grandpa’s prospective buyers. It is the biggest pumpkin that Callie has ever seen, and Josh tells the four year old stories about magic pumpkins. With such a big pumpkin, Josh will surely be crowned Harvest Festival King and get to ride in the biggest float in the parade.
The queen of gospel and a symbol of integrity, Mahalia Jackson was the embodiment of an era. Accurate, well-researched, and rich with the music, faith, people, and events that sparked the spirit of the time, Just Mahalia, Baby is a fast-paced and engaging biography. Paperback.
Country cooking at its best! Everyone’s favorite Cajun, Justin Wilson, has cooked up a collection of mouth-watering temptations in Justin Wilson’s Outdoor Cooking With Inside Help. Many of the recipes featured can be seen demonstrated on Justin's PBS show, Justin Wilson’s Louisiana Cookin’ Outdoors. Hardcover.
From the first time she saw the Wright Flyers airplanes, Katherine Stinson knew she wanted to become a pilot. But she had trouble finding someone to teach her how to fly because everyone told her she was too young and too small. Finally, when she found a pilot willing to train her, she not only excelled as a solo flyer, but she also became the fourth American woman licensed to fly.
They say every Derby has its story. It could be a remarkable trainer, a last-place finish for a first-place horse, or a newfound overseas interest in the race. Whatever the subject, the legends and history of each year’s run create the enthusiasm and drive that bring thousands back time and time again. And just like its counterparts—the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the Indy 500—there are legends and stories to be told that exemplify the fervor that begins in Louisville nearly a whole month before the race.
Blend a dash of Kosher with a pinch of Creole and you have the Kosher Creole Cookbook. The authors have combined two famous culinary traditions: the Creole—a blend of certain aspects of French, Spanish, African, and American cooking—and the Jewish, dating from biblical times. Hardcover.
This Jewish twist on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! tells the story of the Hanukkah celebration that almost didn’t happen. The town of Oyville is alive with the spirit of the season. Brilliant menorahs glow in windows, and children spin dreidels and nosh on latkes.
Feliz Navidad, amigos! Now for children of Spanish and English-speaking cultures there is a holiday story that tells the traditions of Christmas with a South-of-the-Border perspective. Perfect for classroom readings or family time around the tree, this bilingual tale is an entertaining introduction to life in a Mexican village. And it is the latest twist on C. Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas by nationally acclaimed children’s author and illustrator James Rice. Hardcover.
No fictional swashbuckler could ever rival Jean Lafitte’s dramatic life. From his hidden base in the Louisiana swamps at Barataria Bay, Lafitte mounted daring raids on ships in the Gulf of Mexico. His battles with the law were the stuff of legend: when Governor Claiborne of Louisiana offered a reward for the buccaneer’s capture, Lafitte responded with a bigger reward for the governor! But when the British asked for his help in their invasion of Louisiana during the War of 1812, the pirate instead joined forces with Andrew Jackson to win the Battle of New Orleans. Paperback.
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