Pass a good time in Acadiana on this alphabetical tour of Cajun country and culture. The sights, sounds, and smells of all things Cajun two-step off the page as readers are introduced to the ABCs of the unique customs of the Cajun people. From the alligators in the bayou to the stars of the zydeco stage, the food, music, literature, and language unique to the people of southern Louisiana are delightfully rhymed and beautifully illustrated. This lively yet educational jaunt showcases the famous Cajun joie de vivre and sets the stage for the reader’s own Acadian adventures.
With a heritage firmly rooted in the bayous and marshes of Louisiana for more than 240 years, the Cajun people have established a way of life that reflects triumph over struggle.
Author Rickey Pittman and illustrator Alexis Braud honor the proud history that has turned life into a celebration, from the fanfare of a holiday bonfire on the levee or the joy of a fais-do-do to the simple pleasure of a shared family meal. Detailed illustrations capture in spirited authenticity the tradition of the courir de Mardi Gras, highlight in vivid brushstrokes the beauty of Acadiana’s famous landmarks and landscapes, and showcase the legendary characters who call south Louisiana their home.
From the smallest details of daily life to the fantastical fifolet of Cajun folklore, the spirit and the spice of Cajun country infuse these pages. A glossary of terms completes this beautiful primer to a unique way of life
Along the banks of the mighty Rio Grande River lies the heart of Southern Texas—the Rio Grande Valley. Steeped in tradition at the crossroads between the United States and Mexico, the Valley’s residents have established a unique way of life, honoring their past and reaching for their future.
Brought to life through rhyming text and vivid illustrations, the sights and sounds of the Rio Grande Valley fill every page, from the flight of the aplomado falcon to the ride of Antonio Zapata and everything in between.
In addition to the shared history of Mexican and Texas battles and triumphs, author Rickey Pittman details daily life in the Magic Valley, displaying the delight of a daughter’s quinceañera and the spirit of mariachi music. Illustrator Julie Dupre Buckner captures the hues of Valley life, from the bright butterflies gracing the grasslands to the clear night sky shining with stars.
The history and the heart of the Valley and its inhabitants, both human and animal, fill every page of this informative and essential book.
Rickey E. Pittman, often called “The Bard of the South”, is an award-winning storyteller, author, and folksinger. The author of more than a dozen books and four CDs, Pittman earned a BA in New Testament Greek and an MA in English Literature from Abilene Christian University. He currently teaches college level freshman composition and literature. Pittman is a tireless performer, constantly conducting appearances at schools, libraries, festivals, conventions, and workshops, including many in the Rio Grande Valley. A certified secondary gifted English teacher, originally from Dallas, Texas, he claims the Rio Grande Valley as his second home. Pittman loves and appreciates the Rio Grande Valley, its history, its culture and its people.