It is 1759. Jean-Paul, a young boy, and his family must leave their homes, taking only what they can carry. They are Acadian--French citizens who emigrated to Canada in search of a better life. But now the British are forcing them to leave.
Jean-Paul recounts his family's plight, from their expulsion from Canada and forced labor in Georgia to the hardships they overcome to build a new home. They settle in the lush bayous of Louisiana, where the once-persecuted Acadians and their descendants establish the first Cajun settlements.
The tale is written in English and French.
Jean-Paul Hebert Was There/Jean-Paul Hebert Etait La
A former teacher who makes frequent school appearances, Sheila Hébert-Collins proudly claims a heritage that is completely Cajun. A native of Abbeville, Louisiana, Hébert-Collins combined her love and pride of her culture with her love of children's literature to create unique, Cajun fairy tales. Because of her talent, she is featured on the Louisiana State Artist Roster as an author and Cajun storyteller. She has also written Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella, Blanchette et Les Sept Petits Cajuns: A Cajun Snow White, Jacques et La Canne à Sucre: A Cajun Jack and the Beanstalk, Jolie Blonde and the Three Héberts: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale, Les Trois Cochons, and 'T Pousette et 'T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel, all published by Pelican.
11 x 9 Hardcover
Published: February 29, 2004
Features: Dust Cover, Illustrated, Maps, Bilingual