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Cajun Fairy Tales
J. J. Reneaux
0874834392
May 1996
Compact Disc
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From AudioFile
J.J. Reneaux retells five Cajun tales. The stories are as fresh, vibrant and special as her storytelling style. Reneaux's delivery is sometimes sassy, sometimes hot as cayenne peppers, and sometimes sweet as sugar cane (just like Marie Jolie, the heroine of one of the stories). The tellings are enriched by the use of fiddle music to set the scene, extend the mood and punctuate the tales' surprising twists. The result is a flawless audio program and a terrific listening experience, especially for those who love rich Cajun lore. C.R.A. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Midwest Book Review
Traditional storyteller Reneaux provides a selection of Cajun fairy tales which add personal twists and turns to classics the author heard as a child. The...


Why Alligator Hates Dog
J. J. Reneaux
0613497937
Apr 2001
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?All creatures fear M'su Cocodrie, king of the swamp, except for Dog, who taunts the alligator daily from the safety of the cabin he shares with Man. When Alligator finally gets his chance to make mincemeat out of Dog, he is outsmarted by his quick-thinking victim and subsequently spends his days in the swamp with just his eyes above water, waiting to get revenge. The text of this simple Cajun folktale reads aloud well, and the accompanying pictures are richly conceived, depicting the swamp in myriad shades of greens and browns. Most of the illustrations are spread over two pages, which is effective. Unfortunately, several single-page illustrations are confusing and run into one another. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to see folktales from the Cajun Louisiana tradition?they definitely make...


Haunted Bayou: And Other Cajun Ghost Stories
J. J. Reneaux
087483385X
October 1994
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-This title, along with Reneaux's Cajun Folktales (August House, 1992), fills a definite void in American folk literature. It includes 10 original stories based on family tales and interwoven with fragments of Cajun folklore, as well as three traditional tales that appeared in Reneaux's first book and on her award-winning tape, Cajun Ghost Stories (August House, 1992). She introduces the selections with a succinct summary of the area's history and its ghosts, and ends with a glossary of Cajun expressions. On the whole, the material serves to illuminate the rich and colorful culture of the Louisiana bayous. Three tales are particularly appealing and well crafted, and have satisfying endings-"Why Onions Make Us Cry" (a pourquoi story), "Madam Longfingers" (a sort of swamp rendition of "Little Eight...


Cajun Ghost Stories
J. J. Reneaux
0874832101
May 1992
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From AudioFile
These Cajun stories from the swampy backcountry of Louisiana are creepy and blood-chilling. J.J. Reneaux knows her craft well and takes her time developing these six stories of ghosts and werewolves. From "Half-Man" to "The Ghost of Jean Lafitte," the medley of yarns and legends runs the gamut from the unfamiliar to the well-known. Reneaux's Cajun dialect is quite understandable, and it's not difficult to grasp the stories after adjusting to Reneaux's rhythm and pace. The sound effects generally add to the flavor of this collection. The original slide guitar music by Mark Maxwell is good and used with flawless effect. The tape is appropriate for kids who like such scary stories, ages 8 and up. L.C. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Cajun Folktales
J. J. Reneaux
0874832829
October 1992
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
While the tales of African Americans and Native Americans have been much anthologized, the vibrant oral folk tradition of the Cajun has been more or less neglected by American publishers. This excellent anthology by Reneaux helps plug that inexplicable gap. Reneaux, a noted storyteller and a Cajun herself, retells 27 tales she heard in childhood from relatives or has heard since from fellow Cajuns. Their folklore is as spicy and interesting as their famed food and reflects a variety of flavors and influences. The story of Lapin and his theft of honey from Bouqui, for instance, is a Cajun favorite and is clearly recognizable as one of the contests between Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Likewise, the aetiological tale of why alligators hate dogs is reminiscent of Native tradition. The author tells a wide variety of...


Cajun Folktales
J. J. Reneaux
0874832837
October 1992
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
While the tales of African Americans and Native Americans have been much anthologized, the vibrant oral folk tradition of the Cajun has been more or less neglected by American publishers. This excellent anthology by Reneaux helps plug that inexplicable gap. Reneaux, a noted storyteller and a Cajun herself, retells 27 tales she heard in childhood from relatives or has heard since from fellow Cajuns. Their folklore is as spicy and interesting as their famed food and reflects a variety of flavors and influences. The story of Lapin and his theft of honey from Bouqui, for instance, is a Cajun favorite and is clearly recognizable as one of the contests between Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Likewise, the aetiological tale of why alligators hate dogs is reminiscent of Native tradition. The author tells a wide variety of...


Why Alligator Hates Dog: A Cajun Folktale
J. J. Reneaux
0874834120
May 1997
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?All creatures fear M'su Cocodrie, king of the swamp, except for Dog, who taunts the alligator daily from the safety of the cabin he shares with Man. When Alligator finally gets his chance to make mincemeat out of Dog, he is outsmarted by his quick-thinking victim and subsequently spends his days in the swamp with just his eyes above water, waiting to get revenge. The text of this simple Cajun folktale reads aloud well, and the accompanying pictures are richly conceived, depicting the swamp in myriad shades of greens and browns. Most of the illustrations are spread over two pages, which is effective. Unfortunately, several single-page illustrations are confusing and run into one another. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to see folktales from the Cajun Louisiana tradition?they definitely make...


Why Alligator Hates Dog: A Cajun Folktale
J. J. Reneaux
0874836212
May 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?All creatures fear M'su Cocodrie, king of the swamp, except for Dog, who taunts the alligator daily from the safety of the cabin he shares with Man. When Alligator finally gets his chance to make mincemeat out of Dog, he is outsmarted by his quick-thinking victim and subsequently spends his days in the swamp with just his eyes above water, waiting to get revenge. The text of this simple Cajun folktale reads aloud well, and the accompanying pictures are richly conceived, depicting the swamp in myriad shades of greens and browns. Most of the illustrations are spread over two pages, which is effective. Unfortunately, several single-page illustrations are confusing and run into one another. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to see folktales from the Cajun Louisiana tradition?they definitely make...


Cajun Folktales
J. J. Reneaux
0874833833
July 1994
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
While the tales of African Americans and Native Americans have been much anthologized, the vibrant oral folk tradition of the Cajun has been more or less neglected by American publishers. This excellent anthology by Reneaux helps plug that inexplicable gap. Reneaux, a noted storyteller and a Cajun herself, retells 27 tales she heard in childhood from relatives or has heard since from fellow Cajuns. Their folklore is as spicy and interesting as their famed food and reflects a variety of flavors and influences. The story of Lapin and his theft of honey from Bouqui, for instance, is a Cajun favorite and is clearly recognizable as one of the contests between Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Likewise, the aetiological tale of why alligators hate dogs is reminiscent of Native tradition. The author tells a wide variety of...

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