Jean Laffite and the Big Ol' Whale by Frank G. Fox

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A hero and a friendship born on the Mississippi

The legendary pirate and hero of the nineteenth century Jean Laffite is the main character in a tale as tall as can be. Young Jean knows about as much as a body can about the Mississippi River, so it's up to him to save the day when the river suddenly goes bone-dry down New Orleans way. A walk north reveals the problem: a whale has swum up the mighty river and gotten himself lodged between the banks. Ever resourceful, Jean manages to solve the problem with a mere pinch of cayenne pepper, making a friend for life at the same time.
Pairing a folksy narrative with pictures full of life, this original story is fun for the whole family.

About Frank G. Fox

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Frank G. Fox lives in San Marcos, Texas. This is his first children's book. Scott Cook has illustrated many books for children, including Lapin Plays Possum by Sharon Arms Doucet. He lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
Published April 1, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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When a whale swims upriver from the Gulf of Mexico and blocks all water coming down, Laffite comes up with an ingenious way to move the whale and turn the tide.

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Fox's first children's book presents a picturesque tall tale based on the real-life character of Louisiana native Jean Laffite, a pirate and hero in the War of 1812.

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