A Carolina folktale comes to life in this story that is part Brother’s Grimm and part Little Red Riding Hood. Never trust an alligator as young Blossom journeys through the river swampland. Her goal is to deliver mosquito-fever medicine to an ailing grandmother. Both Blossom and the alligator provide the biggest surprises in a whimsical adventure sure to please readers of all ages.
The tale moves swiftly and will have you rereading more than once. Full page colorful art work include many details worthy of long admiring looks. Added material are a plus at the back of the book beginning with information about both North and South Carolina in a two-page spread. The final pages feature several enticing recipes for Black Tea with Honey, Peach Pie, Gator Nuggets, Grilled Gator Tail, and Corn Bread. Not sure if I’m ready for a gator diet, but I’ll be helping a youngster prepare those other delicious sounding foods and drinks.
Whether you’ve been to the Carolina’s or not, the historic South takes center stage and Little Orange Honey Hood is a great addition to any library.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Anne Cullen is an author and illustrator of picture books, as well as a screenwriter and photographer. Her passion for Carolina wildlife and nature fuels her artistry. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She holds an MFA in Writing and a BA in English/Creative Writing. Writing and illustrating for the children’s market is her long-time dream come true. (For more about Lisa and her books visit her web site)
Nothing run of the mill about this middle-grade book. I hadn’t heard of this. Thanks for telling me about it.
This book sounds really fun! I like how it introduces young readers to a region they may not be familiar with. Thanks so much for the review!
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