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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Feb. 5 , 2015
YOUTH MEDIA SHOWCASE

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Feb. 5 , 2015

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

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Here's our monthly showcase of the latest and greatest new selections in media for youths.

From books and games to educational toys and DVDs, there's never a dull moment for active and eager young minds. The arrival of February signals a short month but still plenty of page-by-page reading new arrivals, with a particular emphasis on subjects of New Orleans and Mardi Gras season. All of these titles are found in stores now or at pelicanpub.com or (800) 8431724.

BOOKS

Pelican Publishing, $4.95, Ages 5 to 8

'It's Great To Be a NOLA Kid: An A to Z Coloring Book for Every New Orleans Louisiana Kid' by Melissa Maloney Wallace

Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday is just weeks away and this 32 page classic coloring and activity book shares 31 iconic images from around the Big Easy. From the zoo and Superdome to the historic homes, streetcars and varied traditions, every page is filled with fun-facts and perfect for tourists of all ages. The book was created by graphic artist and mom Melissa Maloney Wallace, who is eager to keep her New Orleans heritage alive.

Pelican Publishing, $8.99, Ages 5 to 8

'The King Cake Baby' by Keila V. Dawson

Filled with vibrant illustrations by Vernon Smith, this is the wonderful tale of an old Creole woman who bakes the traditional Mardi Gras pastry of surprises and finds a surprise of her own. Told in 32 pages with 31 color illustrations, this is the New Orleans spin on "The Gingerbread Man" story. The book is filled with favorite New Orleans phrases and expressions and is a great way to introduce young readers to the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans.

Pelican Publishing, $16.99, Ages 5 to 8

'The Fifolet' by Johnette Downing

According to Cajun tradition, a "fifolet" is an eerie burning light that is seen often in the swamps in Louisiana. This 32 page story offering many fascinating terms and history and even includes a glossary for finding certain words fast during a quick read. Featuring 31 colorful illustrations, this books gives the legend that says if one follows a "fifolet" ... the misty, eery light will eventually rest over a buried treasure.

Pelican Publishing, $16.99, Ages 5 to 8

'Petite Rouge: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale' by Sheila Hebert-Collins

With illustrations by Alison Davis Lyne, this is the New Orleans telling of the classic story of "Little Red Riding Hood." With 32 pages and 31 color illustrations, this Bayou version of the original plot has a hungry alligator tormenting the little girl's grandmother and taking her place. French words and phrases accent the story, making it perfect for young readers to not only learn about terms specific to other regions, but also new words based on culture and heritage.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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