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Bayou Suzette (American Regional)

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Suzette, a loveable young white girl, and Marteel, an orphan Indian girl who comes to live with her family, become constant and close friends. The bayou country of Louisiana serves as a colorful backdrop for the girls' lively adventures which include surviving a major flood in the Louisiana bayou country.
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 28th 1991 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1943)
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Francesca Forrest
A fascinating glimpse into the past and attitudes of the past. I read it for a picture of bayou life: I knew I could count on Lois Lenski to have really done her research (she was alway very thorough, even living with families in the various locales she portrayed, in some cases), but what I found intriguing in reading this 1943 story were how attitudes have changed. The plot of this one centers on Marteel, a Sabine Indian who befriends the titular Suzette. Marteel wants very much to join Suzette...more
Apr 06, 2010 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle-grade readers, parents, teachers
Recommended to Judy by: My mother got me reading Lois Lenski when I was growin up.
Shelves: books-from-1943
Bayou Suzette is the first in Lois Lenski's American Regional Series. Between 1943 and 1968, she wrote 17 books for readers aged 8-12, covering many of the major regions of the United States. Her purpose was to tell children how other children lived in various areas of the country. In today's world of cookie cutter towns with all the same eateries and shops, Lenski's books give the flavor and essence of regions in our country when they were unique only 60 years ago. (Link to her bibliography.)

Stacy Allbritton
If you loved Lenski's Strawberry Girl or Indian Captive as a child, you will love Bayou Suzette. Lenski accurately portrays early twentieth century Cajun life, culture, and dialect through the story of a young girl living on a bayou in coastal Louisiana. I thoroughly enjoyed Suzette's adventures - alligator hunting, surviving a flood, and spending All Saints Day in the cemetery with her family, among others.

A must-read for children (and adults, too) who love historical fiction! And while I'm on...more
Did not like this one as much as others in this series of life around America.
Long before "Swamp People" Suzette Durand and her family were scratching out a life in Bayou Barataria. Lenski's look at the joys and dangers of Louisiana life is fascinating. Some of the attitudes in this book are dated, but that just makes it all the more interesting to read. At first I found the dialogue a little tough to read because of the dialect, but I found myself adapting quickly to the speech and rooting for Marteel, the misunderstood Native American girl, that Suzette befriends despit...more
Reading this right now to the older girls. They beg to read it every night. Wonderful portrayal of childhood on the Bayou in Louisiana. It's leading us on some great reading rabbit trails...Louis Armstrong, Pirate Lafitte, etc.
I like all of Lois Lenski's books and I really really liked this one!
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Many of Lenski's books can be collated into 'series' - but since they don't have to be read in order, you may be better off just looking for more information here:

Probably her most famous set is the following:
American Regional Series

Beginning with Bayou Suzette in 1943, Lois Lenski began writing a series of books whic...more
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