Having beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans is an experience shared by tourists and locals alike. The smell of sweet fried dough and rich coffee. The sound of clanking plates, street performers, and people. The sight of a familiar green and white awning behind the bustle of servers running fresh orders of beignets to waiting customers. It is synonymous with the city itself and is familiar to people from every walk of life.
Join a boy and his mother as they make the familiar trek through the city to the French Market to partake of this tradition, celebrating it with their own rendition of the Mother Goose rhyme, Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake, Baker's Man, featuring a distinctly New Orleans twist.
About the Author
Brittney Muller grew up in Madison, Mississippi, but her father's job with the Illinois Central Railroad sent her family on many a trip to the Crescent City. She has always felt that New Orleans is home away from home. She and her Kenner-born husband, Jarrod, met in college and have lived in the greater New Orleans area for the past ten years. They currently have three children: Eli, Penny, a baby on the way, and a fur-baby in a one-eyed Jack Russell Terrier named Desmond. Brittney worked as an educator in St. Charles Parish Public Schools for nine years. Currently she is working from home to spend time with her young, growing family.
Megan Jensen was born and raised in the greater New Orleans area and currently lives there with her husband, Andrew, and their two cats, Mu and Little Bit. While earning an Interior Design degree from Louisiana State University she fell in love with hand rendering. This practice gave a more personal and artistic quality to her sketches. Applying this same technique to children's book illustrations results in a loose, playful quality and lively, vibrant expression. Megan has always had a love for New Orleans, and worked to capture the city's art and music with her illustration style. --Ampersand, Inc.