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The big day has arrived and the youngest riders in the Mardi Gras Day parade are ready to share their beads and trinkets with the children of New Orleans. But as they prepare to start the parade, their float falters and breaks a wheel. Will the children be able to work together to bring the magic of Mardi Gras to the Crescent City? In this Louisiana adaptation of The Little Engine That Could, the children must work together and ask for assistance from other floats as they try to celebrate the spirit of the day. From their costumes as Louisiana animals to their discussion of leaving the float barn across the river from the parade, the story provides local details to help initiate young readers in the mysteries of Mardi Gras. Author and illustrator Yvonne Spear Perret captures the hopes and fears of the children as they prove that even the smallest riders can have the biggest spirit. The illustrations add the glittering sights of the season through bright decoration, highlighting the traditional Carnival colors of purple, green, and gold. The book is completed with a glossary of Carnival and costume-themed terms. Raise your hands and ready your voices as you follow the journey of The Little Float That Could.
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Some of native New Orleanian Yvonne Spear Perrets earlier memories take her back to long-ago Mardi Gras days spent on St. Charles Avenue with her family, including seven younger brothers and sisters a tradition that continues to this day. A magna cum laude graduate of Tulane University, Perret has taught math and English for twenty-five years in New Orleans high schools, most recently at Isidore Newman School. Perret has written for numerous publications, including USA Today, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gambit, New Orleans Magazine, and Disney s FamilyFun, and was the editor of The New Orleans Wedding Guide. Her popular book, Yat Wit: Chicken Gumbo for the New Orleans Soul, continues to tickle the funny bones and warm the hearts of grown-up New Orleanians. Inspired by her childhood memories of Mardi Gras, she decided to reach out to the younger yats with The Little Float That Could, hoping young readers will take the story s message of hope and determination to heart. A member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrations, Perret and her husband Paul reside in Metairie, Louisiana.
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Book Description River Road Press, 2015. Condition: New. Yvonne Perret (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1941879012
Book Description River Road Press, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. first - may be Reissue. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1941879012n