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Marvelous Cornelius

Marvelous Cornelius

Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

By Phil Bildner, Illustrated by John Parra


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In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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Size: 11 x 9 1/2 in;
Pages: 44 pp;
Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2015
ISBN: 9781452125787
Phil Bildner is the author of numerous children's picture books and the cocreator of Sluggers, the New York Times bestselling middlegrade chapter book serial. He lives in Newburgh, New York.

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine art painter. His books have earned starred reviews, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for illustration, and the International Latino Book Award for Best Children's Book Interior Illustrations. He lives in Queens, New York.

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Media Reviews

“Trumpets the power of one person's efforts in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to inspire an entire community.”
—Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review

"Bildner and Parra have created a folk hero for the ages, and for readers of all ages."
New Orleans Times-Picayune

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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