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Chicken Joy on Redbean Road: A Bayou Country Romp

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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Chicken Joy on Redbean Road: A Bayou Country Romp is a picture book intended for 1st graders and up. It is set in Cajun Louisiana, and therefore children from that part of Louisiana would appreciate it more than most. The children in the rest of the state of Louisiana would also be able to appreciate the cultural teachings associated with this book. Overall, it is well written, throwing in some Cajun French into the wording as well. One popular saying in Southeast Louisiana, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" is even written as the ending to this book. It translates into, "Let the good times roll!" and is used throughout Southeast Louisiana with many events, including Cajun dancing and music, which is prevalent throughout the book. ( )
  jlaurendine | Jan 20, 2015 |
When the head rooster looses his crow and is destined to become the main ingredient in Mrs. Vidrine's "roo stew," the rest of the farm animals search for a way to restore his call in this cute Cajun story. Martin utilizes collaged illustrations to show the comedic quest of the hen Miss Cleoma looking for the sole solution to the problem, the healing power of a local fiddler's legendary music. ( )
  edeidrich | Nov 11, 2012 |
Joe Beebee's music, folks say, will take you up so high, your problems look small enough to stomp on. But, worries a plain brown hen, can it make a quiet rooster sing? can it save her best friend from becoming Quiet Rooster Stew? Will Joe Beebee even play for chickens?

With art as fun as waltzing on the moon and with words as lively as a fiddle, this book captures the power of music to heal and of friendship to endure.

How I love this book and author's style of writing. I grew up on a farm, raised 2 daughters on a 100 acre ranch and I still live on a ranch in an avocado grove! I love chickens and Melissa Sweet's illustrations are gorgeous and so very colorful. The book begins with: "Everybody in St.Cecilia Parish knew of Joe Beebee (down Redbean Road). His music set empty shoes to dancing."

From the jacket flap - " When people danced to Joe Beecee's music, they forgot bad knees, tight shoes, backaches, blisters, and beetles. They forgot sickness, sadness and sin." Well, one day the roo got the measles and lay low. Everyone knew that a rooster who couldn't crow anymore was headed for rooster stew! The story line is excellent as the plot unfolds and we are introduced to more characters. You've got to read this book because it is so good!

My favorite page is the 2 page illustration of the whole village dancing: "Joe Beebee played the song about going to Texas, His fiddle took them up like a swing on a big old tree - with room for all: two-legs, four-legs, wings, and fins - up so high their worries looked small enough to stomp on." While the band played their favorite song about waltzing on the moon, the rooster raised his head! It was pure chicken joy to hear the rooster crow, coup-a-doodle-dooo! And I love the ending of the story... a must read! ***** stars! ( )
  LadyD_Books | Mar 18, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618507590, Hardcover)

When people danced to Joe Beebee’s music they forgot about bad knees, tight shoes, backaches, blisters, and beetles . . . They forgot sickness, sadness, and sin. Joe Beebee’s music, folks say, will take you up so high, your problems look small enough to stomp on. But, worries a plain brown hen, can it make a quiet rooster sing? Can it save her best friend from becoming Quiet Rooster Stew? Will Joe Beebee even play for chickens?

With art as fun as waltzing on the moon and with words as lively as a fiddle, this book captures the power of music to heal and of friendship to endure.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:37 -0400)

When a case of chicken measles steals the voice of the blue-headed rooster who used to crow all day long, his friend, a plain brown hen, brings musicians to remind him to sing and save him from becoming "quiet rooster stew."

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