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"Max tells his little brother, Jason, all about what happens in New Orleans on Mardi Gras morning, when the Indians come out in their colorful, feather-and-bead suits. Soon, Jason sees this beautiful custom for himself. The author is the big chief of the Golden Comanches and shares here a fascinating inside look into the rich tradition of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians." -- publisher
In this New Orleans version of The Gingerbread Man, the King Cake Baby, a small figure that is traditionally baked inside a king cake during Carnival season, escapes and encounters various local characters as he runs across the French Quarter, heading for the Mississippi River. Includes a recipe for king cake.
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text celebrate the history and culture of New Orleans as seen by a seven-year-old, his brother, and their grandmother, who lives in a shotgun house. Includes glossary.
Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music.
Six days a week, slaves labor from sunup to sundown and beyond, but on Sunday afternoons, they gather with free blacks at Congo Square outside New Orleans, free from oppression. Includes foreword about Congo Square by Freddi Williams Evans, glossary, and author's historical note
"Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together." -- publisher
When D.J.'s sister is chosen to be queen at a debutante ball, D.J.'s grandfather gives him and his cousin lessons in etiquette so that they can be her pages
Although he does not want to go at first, D.J. has a good time and learns a lot when he joins his mother and godmother at the annual jazz festival in New Orleans
On Mardi Gras seven-year-old D.J. experiences the excitement of being a page to the queen in the Zulu parade, the oldest black parade in New Orleans
Trosclair ignores his father's warning about Gargantua, the rogue alligator living in nearby Bayou Fontaine, and heads off into Bee Island Swamp to hunt for turtle eggs