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Lu and the Swamp Ghost with CD (Audio)
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When I was a little boy, my favorite stories where the ones Mama told about the adventures she had growing up....Now that I have two little girls of my own, I want to share one of my mama's stories with them, and with you. And so, approche....
Mama always said, "You're never poor if you have a loving family and one good friend." Well, Lu has a family but no friend — so maybe she is just a little poor. How all changes one day down on the Louisiana bayou — when Lu comes face-to-face with a for-real, live swamp ghost — is at the heart of this flavorful, funny...and compassionate story.
Meet a girl with lots of pluck and plenty of courage in this Depression-era tale that's based on an episode in the childhood of James Carville's mother.
"Inspired by the colorful storytelling style and kind actions of his southern mother, political consultant Carville (aided by McKissack) spins a Depression-era yarn set in the Louisiana bayou about life's true riches. Young Lucille Ray-Jean, Lu for short, always has plenty to eat, and is usually busy as a bee in a hive, just like the rest of her family as they tend to their house, garden or animals. That's why Lu is confused by the talk in town about the Depression. After all, as Lu's Mama says, 'You're never poor if you have a loving family and one good friend.' With that thought in mind, Lu bravely befriends and feeds a creature covered in mud, leaves and twigs that she believes to be 'a genuine, for-real swamp ghost.' First impressions prove false however; after she offers the creature food and shelter, she discovers its true identity. Lu's innocent selflessness and genuine, sweet nature set this story apart from similar tales and give its message resonance. And the pacing is just right for settin' a spell on the back porch. Catrow's (Take Me Out of the Bathtub) watercolor-and-pencil compositions have a wiry, loose line that matches the air of gentleness and subtle wonder in the narrative. His slimy swamp critters, including all manner of bugs, give the proceedings an appropriate hum. He even includes a separate and funny visual story line for Lu's dog. A CD recording of Carville reading the text in his familiar drawl is included. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The noted political consultant and cohost of CNN's "Crossfire" joins an award-winning author for this story inspired by an episode in the Louisiana childhood of Carville's mother. With deliciously playful artwork, this story about lending a helping hand comes with a CD with Carville reading the story. Full color.
About the Author
James Carville is America's best-known political consultant. He is also a speaker, talk-show host, actor, and author. All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, which he cowrote, spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Part of a large Southern family, he grew up without a television and loved to listen to the stories his mama told. Mr. Carville lives with his wife, Mary Matalin, and their two daughters in Virginia.Patricia C. McKissack is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Goin' Someplace Special, a Coretta Scott King Award
winner; The Honest-to-Goodness Truth; Let My People Go, written with her
husband, Fredrick, and recipient of the NAACP Image Award; The Dark-Thirty, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner; and Mirandy and Brother Wind, recipient of the Caldecott Medal and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.David Catrow is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.
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