Who Got the Baby in the King Cake?

Who Got the Baby in the King Cake?

by Johnette Downing


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Based on a song from Johnette Downing’s new album Swamp Romp, A Louisiana Dance Party for Children, this rhythmic original story celebrates king cake, the culinary centerpiece of New Orleans Mardi Gras.

Believed to have originated in twelfth-century France, the cake is an homage to the wise men or three kings. In Europe and beyond, a bean, pea, pecan, or coin is hidden inside the cake for good luck. In New Orleans, a plastic king cake baby is concealed. Whoever finds the hidden object in their piece of king cake is unofficially crowned king or queen for a day and is expected to host the next king cake party as a way of spreading good fortune and ensuring that festivities continue throughout the Carnival season.

At king cake parties, usually hosted before Mardi Gras parades, you will hear locals ask, “Who got the baby in the king cake?” Find out in this book who got the baby in the king cake. It just might be YOU!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941879245
Publisher: River Road Press LA
Publication date: 10/12/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 633,409
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 2 - 9 Years

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.

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