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Cajun Folktalesby Celia Soper
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Lapin, the clever rabbit, his friend Bouki, the slow-witted wolf, andtheir friends encounter adventure, competition, and romance throughout thebayous of Louisiana in this collection of entertaining and educational tales.In The Escape, Lapin has a playful adventure as he tries tooutwit a very hungry bear. La Poussi re (The Dust) tells howBouki, Lapin, and others compete to win the hand of the most beautiful bride inthe entire swamp. Comp re Crapaud's Ride reveals thecleverness of the toad determined to do anything to marry the girl he loves.Drawing on the rich oral tradition of the Cajun people, CajunFolktales collects six of the best children's stories that have beenpassed down from generation to generation. Told in the tradition of BrerRabbit, these stories are accompanied by the beautiful illustrations of PatrickSoper.Celia Soper and her husband Patrick reside in Lafayette, Louisiana, deep inthe heart of Cajun Country. Mr. Soper is also the illustrator of The Night Thief, Mardi Gras in the Country, and A Christmas Dictionary, all published by Pelican.Also available in French: CONTES POPULAIRES CADIENS
Cajun culture is rich in oral tradition. When the French settlers made their homes in south Louisiana, they also incorporated bits and pieces of other cultures, including Spanish, German, and African.
The Cajuns' African neighbors also had a rich oral tradition. Predictably, they developed stories together that have become part of Cajun folklore. Many stories center around the adventures and misadventures of Lapin, a rabbit, and Bouki, a coyote or wolf, who is Lapin's slow-witted compere, or "friend". In French, Lapin means "rabbit", while Bouki is African for "hyena". Collected here are six of the best tales for five- to eight-year-olds featuring the mischievous duo and their friends.
Lapin, the clever rabbit, his friend Bouki, the slow-witted wolf, and their friends encounter adventure, competition, and romance throughout the bayous of Louisiana in this collection of entertaining and educational tales.
Presents six folktales from southern Louisiana, featuring Lapin the rabbit and Bouki, a coyote or wolf, and some of their animal friends.
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