HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
January 6th is the first day of the Carnival season. Mardi Gras Day is February 13th this year.
39 days to eat King Cake!
Who’s going to get the baby?” No ma chérie, you can’t catch me! I’m the King Cake Baby!”
The little plastic baby traditionally hidden inside a Mardi Gras King Cake is the runaway in this tasty new adaptation of an old folktale. The story sparkles with French phrases, New Orleans colloquialisms, and vibrant, comic-book style artwork depicting the city’s characters and treasures. Includes an easy king cake recipe. Bon appétite!
And here’s a little Lagniappe [lan-YAP], the way Louisianians say “something extra”, a FREE study guide with lessons, activities and crafts.
Editorial Reviews Children’s Literature – Enid Portnoy
Set in the colorful city of New Orleans, with delightful comic-style illustrations, this story is based on the favorite childhood tale “The Gingerbread Man.” Dawson uses Creole characters and familiar locations in New Orleans to introduce a repetitive story about a runaway baby figure that escapes from the prized King Cakes being baked in time for Mardi Gras celebrations. There is a fair amount of repetition as a chase begins to capture the baby character that escapes from a cake being baked in someone’s kitchen. Some French words and phrases are introduced as well. Readers will learn that the cake is considered special if you happen to be the lucky eater whose slice contains the object called a “baby.” Some folks believe the baby object will bring good fortune during the year you find it. King cakes are easily found in many bakeries in the city of New Orleans at Mardi Gras time and are always described as “delicious” and fun to eat. Smith’s large, cheerful color drawings are perfect for this book, that also includes a cake recipe.
This lady agrees it’s a fun read!
Where can you catch the Baby? Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retail stores.