Today is Monday in Louisiana


Today is Monday in Louisiana


National Parenting Publication Award Winner

Recommended Reading List and National Coalition of Girls' Schools

Based on a song by Johnette Downing, Today is Monday In Louisiana that takes children through a culinary calendar, noting a meal a day that represents Cajun, Creole, African and French foods from Louisiana.

On Monday, there are red beans to eat, and on Tuesday, po' boys and on it goes throughout the week, each day bringing a unique and tasty Louisiana dish to the table. Based on a song by New Orleans singer/songwriter Johnette Downing, Today Is Monday in Louisiana offers the best of Cajun, Creole, African, and French foods.

The folksy cut-paper collage illustrations by Deborah Ousley Kadair Thomas are a perfect compliment to the text. Thomas and Downing collaborated on six books. This first in their four book Monday series is in its sixth printing as of December 2017..

Age Range: 5 and up
Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
Release Date: September 30, 2006
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1589804067

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"In this adaptation of a popular song, internationally-acclaimed children’s musician Downing introduces a signature Louisiana food for each day of the week, from red beans on Monday to beignets on Sunday. After presenting each new dish, the book repeats preceding days’ dishes, providing children the perfect opportunity to participate in the story as they are prompted to recall information from previous pages. A catchy refrain follows each day’s meal: “All you lucky children come and eat it up. Come and eat it up!” Kadair’s trademark collages illustrate close-ups of each new food while a table full of children with plates in front of them occupies the pages opposite the chorus. Downing’s rhythmic, repetitive text will appeal to children, as will Kadair’s addition of a new child to the table for each new food." - Kirkus Reviews