Wake, Snake!: Children's Stories and Songs of the South (American Storytelling)

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"Wake, Snake!" is a delightful collection of children's stories and songs of the South, featuring 12 traditional tales and songs drawn from the diverse Southern heritage: Cajun, Creole, African-American, Scots-Irish, and Native American. Guitar, mandolin, fiddle, Cajun triangle, and spoon percussion provide down-home musical sound effects. 60-minute cassette.

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With the rise and fall of her charming Cajun cadences, with the addition of personal reminiscences and well-chosen musical accents, nationally noted storyteller J.J. Reneaux tells tall tales about clever Lapin, a rabbit who knows how to satisfy his sweet tooth; about conceited Possum and how she got her comeuppance and her naked tail; and about cunning Dog, who earned the wrath of Alligator. Reneaux introduces each trickster tale and folk legend with vivid childhood memories: of summer night camp-outs and summer storms; swatting flies for pennies; and Saturday mornings filled with "dew-washed grass," Mighty Mouse cartoons, and blackberry picking. In this beguiling collection Reneaux once again proves her gift for downhome enchantment. A 1999 Parents' Choice® Gold Award Winner. (Lynne Heffley, Parents' Choice®) -- From Parents' Choice®

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Grade 2-6J.J. Reneauxs down-home charm brings these Southern tales and songs to life. Told with a Cajun flair, Reneaux uses stories of her childhood as she segues into tales such as Lapins Sweet Tooth, a story of rabbits wiliness; the Choctaw tale emphasizing the importance of peoples respect for animals, How Animals Saved People; and the pourquoi tales, Why Alligator Hates Dog and Why Possum Has a Bare Tale. Interspersed with these stories are songs that perfectly capture the essence of the South performed with a variety of musical instruments including the mandolin, fiddle, Cajun triangle and spoon percussion. Told with great warmth and energy, Wake, Snake! will make even the dreariest day seem like a sunny afternoon on the bayou!Veronica Schwartz, Niles Public Library District, IL
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