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WHY LAPIN'S EARS ARE LONG by Sharon Arms Doucet


and Other Tales from the Louisiana Bayou

adapted by Sharon Arms Doucet, illustrated by David Catrow

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-531-30041-2
Publisher: Orchard

 Why Lapin's Ears Are Long (64 pp.; $18.95; PLB $19.99; Sept. 1997; 0-531-30041-2; PLB 0-531-33041-9): Compäre Lapin (a.k.a., Bre'r Rabbit) is the trickster rabbit of West Africa whose exploits, translated to Louisiana in the holds of slave ships, became the stuff of Creole and Cajun folktales. Here are three of his adventures, in which he acquires: long ears, courtesy of Madame Tortue, snapping turtle and would-be conjure woman; a short tail, courtesy of Compäre Alligator, who fails to appreciate Lapin's efforts to acquaint him with Trouble; and a doe-eyed bride, Ma'amselle Bijou Deer. Rendered in a folksy storyteller's voice, sprinkled with colloquialisms and French idioms (the glossary and notes are helpful), and enlivened with bouncy green, yellow, and brown ink-and-watercolor illustrations, these tales are sauce piquante for story hours. (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)