The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story
The Legend of Papa Noel
Follow Papa Noel as he heads down the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve to deliver toys to the good little Cajun girls and boys.
Around the world, Santa Claus has many names. But in a deep, swampy bayou of Louisiana, he's known as Papa Noël. In such a hot and humid place, there can be no sleds or reindeer, so Papa Noël 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 Noël. 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 Noël is a lesson in fast thinking, as well as a witty introduction to a part of America that's rich in folklore and legend.
- Hardcover picture book
- 32 pages
- 11" x 9"
Terri Hoover Dunham is the author of The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story, published by Sleeping Bear Press. This is the story of the Cajun Santa Claus who travels down the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve to deliver toys to good little boys and girls. He rides in a pirogue pulled by alligators. She is one of nine co-authors of Bayou Bogeyman Presents: Hoodoo and Voodoo, a collection of scary Louisiana stories for children 8-12 yrs. Terri's story is titled The Crazy Bell Lady of Girod Street Cemetery and takes place in the New Orleans Superdome.