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By Doug Anderson,Illustrated by Sara Anderson
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When the wind blows through Alligator Acres, in a far corner of Crawdad County, it is sure to carry a story with it. This is one of those stories -- the tale of Eloise, the gentle zebra. Eloise was just a bit too big to join in the jamming down at the juke joint, the one where Corndog Willie and the Slackjaws were playing up a storm. She's fortunate to have such good friends as gracious Cecil, the 'gator, and Woo, the considerate armadillo, who set matters right.Musician and philosopher Doug Anderson and artist Sara Anderson have collaborated in a lyrical ballad of community which celebrates friendship and loyalty, and echoes the energy, rhythm, and twang of a bayou Zydeco band. A strong sense of place is conveyed in the bold composition and spry language which meld with the deep greens and blues of the bayou.
Doug Anderson has played instruments in various settings and genres including folk, country, rock, and jug bands. When not writing, singing, or playing (harmonica, banjo, and guitar), Doug teaches in the philosophy department at Pennsylvania State University. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.Sara Anderson is a versatile designer and childrens illustrator. Alongside her work on childrens books, she has also designed fabric, ceramics, and furniture for clients as diverse as MoMA and Crate and Barrel from her studio in Seattle. Her previous books include Some of My Best Friends Are Polka-Dot Pigs (0-9702784-0-3).
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