Why The Crawfish Lives In The Mud
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Summary : Let's catch some mud bugs! Are you ready to get wet and muddy? Let's go out to the crawfish pond and help Dave check his crawfish traps! It is hard work but you never know what you might find!
Summary : Move over Bre'r Rabbit, there's a new trickster in town! When hungry Deer asks Possum how he stays so plump during the long dry season, the sly marsupial gets an idea. It wouldn't take much for Possum to help Deer; he could just climb that ol' persimmon tree and knock down the fruit. But Possum is just plain lazy and he'd rather trick Deer into doing the work for both of them. Once Possum decides to take advantage of his starving neighbor they both become marked forever.
Summary : The literary tradition of New Orleans spans centuries and touches every genre; its living heritage winds through storied neighborhoods and is celebrated at numerous festivals across the city. For booklovers, a visit to the Big Easy isn't complete without whiling away the hours in an antiquarian bookstore in the French Quarter or stepping out on a literary walking tour. Perhaps only among the oak-lined avenues, Creole town houses, and famed hotels of New Orleans can the lust of A Streetcar Named Desire, the zaniness of A Confederacy of Dunces, the chill of Interview with the Vampire, and the heartbreak of Walker Percy's Moviegoer begin to resonate. Susan Larson's revised and updated edition of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans not only explores the legacy of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, but also visits the haunts of celebrated writers of today, including Anne Rice and James Lee Burke. This definitive guide provides a key to the books, authors, festivals, stores, and famed addresses that make the Crescent City a literary destination.
Summary : In this variation on the traditional song "Aiken Drum," Chef Creole from New Orleans has hair of rice, eyes of red beans, and feet of beignets.
Summary : Explains why oysters make pearls and dangerous snakes have diamond-shaped heads.
Summary : A variety of Louisiana animals pursuing their daily activities introduce the numbers one through ten. Includes a page of music.
Summary : In the Louisiana Bayou Clovis Crawfish tries to prevent M'sieu Blue Jay from making a meal out of his friend Gaston Grasshopper.
Summary : Presents an alphabetical introduction to the animals found in the Amazon River Region.
Summary : Louisiana became a state in 1812. This informative picture book introduces young readers to the state symbols, from its flag to the state vegetable. A timeline provides the year that each item was officially designated.
Summary : Illustrations and rhythmic text celebrate edible treats that characterize Louisiana, such as beignets and po' boys. Includes facts about the foods mentioned and a recipe for red beans and rice.
Summary : An adaptation of the traditional song features a different food item associated with New York City for each day of the week.
Summary : A taste of Kentucky through singsong repetition. Singer/songwriter Johnette Downing serves up catchy verses to her fourth installation of taste exploration. The award-winning author tells what lucky children all over the state eat, giving each dish's significance later in a "word menu." Did you know that only Kentucky has a tradition of serving Derby Pie on Kentucky Derby Day or that it is the only state that offers Rolled Oysters? A different treat is presented for each day of the week, allowing young readers a seven-day trip for their taste buds.
Summary : This book is the product of extensive taperecorded interviews conducted by Britt Alexander. Mr. Alexander met Idris Muhammad at Joe Segals Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL, in the Fall of 1998, when he was writing free-lance for drum magazine publications. Mr. Muhammad then resided in Austria. Upon publication of the initial interview, both Muhammad and Alexander were living in New York City. The interviews continued. The result has been formatted into this book. Mr. Muhammad is now retired and living in New Orleans, LA. Mr. Alexander is a professional drummer, living in Santa Fe, NM.
Summary : In the spring of 1541 Hernando de Soto arrived at the Mississippi River. For much of the next year he and his army waged a losing battle against the natural environment of the floodplain and the numerous peoples who lived there. The following spring, with the river at the level of a hundred-year flood, the Spanish made a sheepish retreat down the valley to the Gulf, and from there to Mexico. The lower Mississippi Valley Soto found was a vast, wet land, a varying combination of water and dirt, from its sandy terraces and natural levees, to its cypress swamps, oxbow lakes, and deltas, to the big muddy river that runs through it all. Three-and-a-half centuries later, in 1890s Louisiana, cotton planters faced a series of droughts, a new experience for the lower valley, which could always count on a good dousing from the great river that kept it moist through long summers. By the 1890s, however, the valley was drying. Systematic deforestation, swamp drainage, and levee construction divided much of the lower valley environment into wet" and "land," water on one side of the levee that prevented from touching the land on the other side. Water frequently returned to the land, sometimes in other guises, as epidemics, insect plagues, loss of soil fertility, microclimate change, most visibly in devastating floods, an eroding coastline, and a sinking delta. Always, the response was to build more barriers between wet and dry. Every finger placed in the dike merely causedwater to break through somewhere else. In the hours after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, water broke through with a vengeance and reclaimed the land. In cycles dating back thousands of years, long before the first engineered levees, the Louisiana coastline has advanced and receded, the delta has emerged from the Gulf and sunk back into it, the river has changed shape and altered its route to the sea, leaving behind a trail of natural formations. Natural environments are much more than reflections of human history. They need no encouragement to change over time. In the public debate over the causes of the Katrina disaster some blame inadequate levees. Some fault the entire project of flood control for hastening the delta's erosion. They forget that that the lower Mississippi Valley has a history of flooding predating engineers and levees. This book tells that history, of the mixing of water and land and people in North America's largest wet land."