Cajun Night Before Christmas 50th Anniversary Edition

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“Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth.” —New York Times Book Review Take the classic story of jolly old St. Nicholas, place it in a Louisiana bayou setting, dress Santa Claus in muskrat “from his head to his foot,” pile his skiff high with toys, and hitch it to eight friendly alligators. The result is this modern classic. Fifty years after its first appearance, Cajun Night Before Christmas® has sold more than one million copies and has served as the model for Pelican’s ongoing, best-selling Night Before Christmas Series. The Cajun Night Before Christmas® has been a part of Louisiana’s holiday traditions since it was first published in 1973. A delight to both young and old with its rustic full-color illustrations and lively story, it has become a timeless addition to holiday celebrations far beyond south Louisiana, reaching all corners of the country with its charming presentation of Christmas on the bayou and the break-out star of Gaston® the Green-Nosed Alligator. Conceived by J. B. Kling, Jr., Cajun Night Before Christmas® originally appeared as a Christmas message from Bergeron Plymouth Company of New Orleans. Under the pseudonymous byline “Trosclair,” the story won a Clio Award in 1967 from the Academy of Television and Radio Advertising. Brought to life by the talented James Rice, the humorous illustrations of a colorful bayou Christmas have been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Featuring eight pages of curated content released from the Pelican archives, this special Fiftieth Anniversary Edition showcases the rich legacy of storytelling within our state and the far reach that a humble (or not so humble!) gator has had on Cajun culture, Louisiana, and the entire country.
ISBN: 9781455627141
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 25
Pages: 56
Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h)
“Rice is especially good with facial expressions, whether they are on a Texas jackrabbit, a longhorn steer, a dusty cowboy, or the green and long-nosed alligator named Gaston.” —Library Journal “Rice is a master at making a story come alive with colorful detailed drawings.” —(Beaumont, TX) SouthEast Texas Examiner James Rice (1934-2004) was a fledgling illustrator when he collaborated with late Pelican publisher Dr. Milburn Calhoun to create his first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®. In his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, he would go on to produce more than sixty books for children. With more than 2.5 million books in print, he ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books. In addition to the praise he received from the many schoolchildren he visited and all those young at heart, Mr. Rice won several awards throughout the years from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council. Mr. Rice died at his home in Hico, Texas, in May 2004. Award Winning Works by James Rice: Gaston Goes to Texas Certificate of Award, Printer Industries of America 1979 The Night Before Christmas Certificate of Merit, Printer Industries of America 1990 Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On Certificate of Merit, Printer Industries of America 1996 Cajun Night Before Christmas® Not Just for Children Anymore Classics, CBC 2002 The Teachers’ Night Before Christmas Children’s Choices, CBC/IRA 2002 Why Cowboys Need a Pardner Children’s Books Mean Business, CBC 2002
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