Believed to have originated in twelfth-century France, the king cake tradition is an homage to the wise men (three kings). In New Orleans, as in Europe, a charm or plastic baby is hidden inside the cake and whoever finds the treasure is crowned king or queen for the day. The unofficial regent is also expected to host the next king cake party--or at least provide the cake So, of course, everyone asks Who got the baby in the king cake? Downing's hand-cut colorful collage illustrations accompany her original song in this joyous story designed to entertain and educate kids of all ages. The full song, and many others celebrating her Louisiana home, can be found on her album Swamp Romp: A Louisiana Dance Party for Children.
About the Author
Recipient of the 2017 Louisiana Writer Award, Johnette Downing is a musician, author, and illustrator dedicated to sharing her Louisiana roots music and books with children. Called the "Musical Ambassador to Children," Johnette has performed on five continents and has received numerous awards for her twenty-three picture and board books, and eleven recordings. A former early-childhood music teacher, she is passionate about combining music and stories to celebrate childhood, culture and literacy. When not traveling the globe, Downing resides in New Orleans, Louisiana with her husband.