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 No l. In such a hot and humid place, there can be no sleds or reindeer, so Papa No 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 No 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 No 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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My cajun christmas

User Review  - memegrace -

If this book is anything like my cajun christmas as a child It is a definite read. My grandfather was santa and rode in on his pirouge to deliver gifts to the kids. Read full review

a true.Southern classic!!

User Review  - yorkmet -

This is an great book to add to your collection for the little ones. It makes a great present at this time of the year especially for first birthdays and new moms! We love it! Read full review

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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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