The Legend of Papa NoŽl: A Cajun Christmas Story

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Sleeping Bear Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Around the world Santa Claus has many names. But in a deep, swampy bayou of Louisiana, he's known as Papa Noe l. In such a hot and humid place, there can be no sleds or reindeer, so Papa Noe l rides the river in a boat that's pulled by eight alligators, with a snowy white one named Nicollette in the lead. On this particular Christmas Eve, it's so foggy on the river that even Nicollette's magical glowing-green eyes may not be enough to guide Papa Noe l. The alligators are tired, grumpy and bruised from banging into cypress trees, and Papa is desperate to get all the gifts to the little children. Well, quicker than a snake shimmies down the river, the clever Cajun people come up with a solution that saves the day. A colorfully inventive Christmas tale, Papa Noe l is a lesson in fast thinking, as well as a witty introduction to a part of America that's rich in folklore and legend."

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Review: The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas (Legend (Sleeping Bear))

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

I might use this book for our story time at our Stakes Nativity Event. It's a Cajun folk tale of Papa Noel, instead of Santa Claus. Papa Noel travels the water pulled by alligators, and he makes it through the fog, because the people light fires along the way. I liked the illustrations. Read full review

Review: The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas (Legend (Sleeping Bear))

User Review  - Danielle - Goodreads

Loved this book! Great to read aloud to kids, and the language is playful and fun. I appreciated the pronunciation guide, and adored the phonetic slang. Beautiful art, and a fun Santa story for the holidays. I definitely recommend this. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Author Terri Hoover Dunham learned of Cajun culture and folklore from her mother's family. She lives outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and enjoys writing poetry, short storeies and esays. This is her first children's book.

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