The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story by Dunham, Terri Hoover
Terri Hoover Dunham

The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story -- Terri Hoover Dunham

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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.

Author: Terri Hoover Dunham
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Published: 09/01/2006
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.94lbs
Size: 11.36h x 9.36w x 0.45d
ISBN: 9781585362561
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.3
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 112352 / Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story

Review Citation(s):
PW Notes and Reprints 10/16/2006 pg. 56
Kirkus Review - Children 11/01/2006 pg. 1128
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2007 pg. 24 - Recommended, Satisfactory