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Ikwa is a young Indian girl living in the Southeastern United States before colonization. One day, as she carries an offering up the temple mound to the priest of the sun god, she spies two crows and a hawk flying toward the Alligator village—a sign that a strange visitor will soon come. Whether the stranger would bring joy or sorrow to Ikwa, her brother, Situ, and the rest of the family, the gods did not yet choose to say.
The Indians of Lousiana represent one of the state’s most fascinating stories. Proud, industrious, and resourceful, the various tribes have left their imprint in a variety of ways. One finds links to these old cultures simply by taking notice of some of Louisiana’s place names—Houma, Caddo, Atakapas, Natchitoches, Tangipahao, Bayougoula, and Uochita are but a few examples. But the story of Louisiana’s Indians isn’t limited to names. Hardcover.
Beginning in ancient times, symbols of luck (four-leaf clover) and faith (Celtic Cross) established themselves in the Irish culture and have survived for centuries. The country’s rich history extends from the Rock of Dunamase and Kilkenny Castle to the legends of St. Patrick and Finn MacCool.
’Round Christmastime, things are a little different on the Emerald Isle. Father Christmas with his Irish eyes twinkling ushers in his seven elves, to enjoy the poteen and plum pudding and unpack his large sack. And thus begins the wondrous Irish Night Before Christmas. Hardcover.
Two stories for the Irish, or the Irish at heart! ’Round Christmastime, things are a little different on the Emerald Isle. Father Christmas with his Irish eyes twinkling ushers in his seven elves, to enjoy the poteen and plum pudding and unpack his large sack. And thus begins the wondrous Irish Night Before Christmas.
And Who could add to the merriment of St. Patrick’s Day more than leprechauns? When they make up their minds, they are determined to make mischief . . . and that is just what they do in A Leprechaun’s St. Patrick’s Day. Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will never be the same!
Sarah Kirwan Blazek, narrator and author, was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and retains dual citizenship in Ireland and the United States. Her delightful brogue perfectly complements the stories on this CD. A former teacher at the Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls/Hardey Preparatory for Boys, Blazek lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Written in an Irish brogue, this delightful children’s story tells the classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” tale with a Celtic twist. Complete with James Rice’s illustrations, this fun and festive coloring book inspires kids to use their imaginations.
Irish Poems will both enchant and delight the reader with expressive lilting verses that capture the essence of Ireland over the past few centuries. It is beautifully illustrated with charming depictions of wee leprechauns and Irish folk.
Regarded by many as the “Mother of Texas,” Jane Wilkinson Long is curiously absent from most history books. Now, this painstakingly researched novelization reveals the fascinating life of the little girl who would grow up to become both a spy and revolutionary in Texas’s fight for independence from Mexico.
Often called the “Mother of Texas,” Jane Wilkinson Long led an eventful life on the Texas frontier. Her life as a pioneer, mother, widow, businesswoman, and revolutionary is brought to life for children in Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer. Hardcover.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people swarm to the New Orleans Fairgrounds to experience the cornucopia of culture that is the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Who could imagine that at the very first Jazz Fest, the musicians and volunteers outnumbered the members of the audience by about six to one?
Jeb Stuart, one of the most dashing figures in the Civil War, led the Confederate Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley and served as Robert E. Lee’s “eyes.”
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.
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