The Fifolet


The Fifolet


This Cajun Will of Wisp tale begins, "Deep in the swamp under the pale moon light there is a Cajun legend that will give you a fright. Through the cypress trees and beards of Spanish moss, there is a fire sprite that you never want to cross. It will tease and coax you, and call you near, but all the Cajuns know that you better beware."  

Monsieur Jean-Paul Pierre fishes in Atchafalaya from sunrise to sunset, and he loves nothing more than nets bursting with fish and bushels overflowing with crabs. Mounds of fresh seafood cannot keep greedy Jean-Paul from wanting more. However, once he sees the illusive fire sprite, his thoughts turn to buried treasure. Following the dancing fire sprite, Monsieur Pierre hopes to find riches beyond belief. This is where the story of the Fifolet begins, but for Jean-Paul, the tale never ends.

Jennifer Lindsley’s fluid watercolor illustrations evoke the atmosphere of the bayou-cypress trees, swamp creatures, and bubbling water touched by moonlight. The elusive and mischievous fifolet flits across the pages as a swirl, then a shimmering light, and then, finally, a bright blue flame. Find out what becomes of Monsieur Pierre in this delightfully eerie folktale from award-winning storyteller and children’s musician Johnette Downing.

Age Range: 5-8 years
Grade Level: K-3
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1455620364

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“Johnette Downing thinks like a kid but writes like a magician. This Cajun tall tale is a little bit scary and a lot of fun.” ―Julie Kane, former Louisiana Poet Laureate

The Fifolet is a great, spooky story steeped in Cajun folklore but told in typical Johnette Downing fashion—just silly enough to not give you nightmares!” —Bree Sargent, education director, Acadiana Center for the Arts