Lapin Plays Possum: Trickster Tales from the Louisiana Bayou
“Full of sly wit and Cajun Spice.” —Scholastic.com Chosen as a title for use in the Core Curriculum category of folktales and adaptation for grade set 3.5, this series of trickster tales, stemming from African folklore, bears remarkable resemblance to the Deep South’s Brer Rabbit tradition. The Louisiana version of Brer Rabbit, Compere Lapin, is a mischief maker determined to get the best of Compere Bouki. In a trio of stories that praises brains over brawn, this rascally rabbit seems to come out ahead no matter what.
AUTHOR: Sharon Arms Doucet is a lifelong lover of folklore who has taken liberties in the recounting and recombining of the traditional tales. She lived in Lafayette, Louisiana, for four decades and taught French for many years before launching her career as a writer. She lives in Allenspark, Colorado.