Author Johnette Downing and illustrator Heather Stanley team up again with this Cajun holiday tale. Once upon a time in the Cajun prairie, there was a beautiful young maiden with lovely hands and a kind heart. On the night of a New Year's Eve party, miles of suitors lined up to kiss her perfect fingers and hands. But instead of attracting a husband, she attracted a terrible curse! The next morning, Mademoiselle Grands Doigts awoke heartbroken--her beauty had vanished, replaced by warts and gnarled fingers! Ashamed, she ran to her attic, never to be seen again. . . . Now, every New Year's Eve, Mademoiselle Grands Doigts finds nice children and fills their shoes with treats, proving that pretty is as pretty does.
The lush and dreamy illustrations of this eerie morality tale will quickly beguile children in this enduring Cajun New Year's Eve legend.
About the Author
Multi-award winning musician and author Johnette Downing has performed on five continents. Her book Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh, illustrated by Heather Stanley, represented the State of Louisiana at the 2016 National Book Festival, and she returned with Mumbo Jumbo, Stay Out of the Gumbo with illustrator Jennifer Lindsley the following year. Downing is the recipient of the 2017 Louisiana Writer Award.
About the Illustrator
Heather Stanley works as Director of Creative Services at the Audubon Nature Institute. She has used her talents for art and design to educate the public about the natural world and the creatures therein. She is the illustrator of Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh.
· Age Range: 3 - 8 years
· Hardcover: 32 pages
· Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. (February 1, 2018)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 1455623938
· ISBN-13: 978-1455623938
· Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds