Sunday, August 17, 2014
Book Review - Cajun 'Ti Beau and the Cocodries
About the Book
Never trust an alligator's smile! Young 'Ti Beau dons his snappy new Mardi Gras clothes for a walk through the swamp. Five alligators catch sight of 'Ti Beau's elegant attire and decide that he looks quite tasty. The clever boy figures that being alive is better than looking good, so he bargains away his new clothes until he's left in nothing but his conson. But each gator believes he is the handsomest, grandest, fanciest, swimmiest, spiffiest cocodrie in the bayou, and 'Ti Beau gets trapped by their loud argument. Can 'Ti Beau escape, or will he become the sauce piquant for the night's dinner? A French-to-English glossary and a recipe for Alligator Sauce Piquant are included in this trickster tale.
My Take on the Book
You and your child will delight in the crafty thinking of 'Ti Beau. The young boy in the story outwitted some alligators who wanted to cook him into a sauce piquante.
Your child will learn some French works which will often be repeated in the story. (There is a glossary of meanings at the end of the book.) There is a recipe for Alligator Sauce Piquante (you can use beef instead of alligator to make the recipe)
Cay Gibson has written a nice children's book that will take your child and you to the real Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana.
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