Down by the swamp, where alligators roam, legend says a treasure is buried out past the water on the edge of the beach. To find this prize, follow the fifolet as it bounces and bounds across the bayou, bright and blue against the dark water below. Just as quick as it comes, the light disappears, faster than you can say “will-o’-the-wisp.”
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. Even though he takes home so much, he does not share. Mountains of fresh seafood cannot keep greedy Jean-Paul from wanting more; this time, he has his heart set on the fifolet’s buried treasure. Following the dancing bayou 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