"Do you ever wonder where it all comes from and how it is made?" In Red Beans & Rice, children discover the earth to table connection when Magnolia Rose and her friends visit Grandma Bee and Grandpa Pepper’s farm in rural Louisiana. Inspired by the true story of a young girl who did not know that peaches have fuzzy skin and grow on trees, Jeanette Weiland’s Red Beans & Rice is a playful and polite farm visit where kids from culturally diverse backgrounds discover the local and sustainable earth to table connection. Red Beans & Rice is a lively read, encompassing multiple characters, with hand-drawn typography highlighting the children’s voices. Young readers will enjoy spotting hidden treasures throughout the pages along with the creatures and critters that share a home in this delicious region of Louisiana. Aspiring chefs will appreciate the extras, including a kid-friendly red beans and rice recipe from restauranteur Dickie Brennan and a vegan version of the dish by Sweet Potato Soul author and blogger, Jenné Claiborne, among others. This is Jeanette Weiland’s second vividly illustrated rhyming children’s picture book, following the acclaimed Beignets for Breakfast. This time she’s teamed with her artist mother, Roberta Van Zandt Loflin, who has contributed the original watercolor illustrations.
Created in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by Red Stick Reads