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Little Orange Honey Hood
A Carolina Folktale

Lisa Anne Cullen

A young girl encounters danger in a Southern swampland on her journey to grandma's house

Little Orange Honey Hood brings a Carolinian spin to the classic Little Red Cap of the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood. Illustrated and written by Lisa Anne Cullen, this story follows young Blossom on her journey through the river swampland to deliver mosquito-fever medicine to her ailing grandmother. During an unexpected encounter with a hungry alligator, Blossom realizes that she must fight to save Grandma from more than just mosquito fever.

Cullen introduces young readers to the charm and culture of the Carolinas, highlighting places such as the Congaree River in the South Carolina midlands while incorporating some of both states’ symbols, such as the state flower, tree, insect, fruit, and boat. She also offers educational tables and maps of North and South Carolina. Young readers, with the help of an adult, will delight in Little Orange Honey Hood’s recipes for peach pies, black tea, and gator nuggets. Cullen’s colorful illustrations and lyrical storytelling are entertaining and enlightening, making her rendition a staple for personal and educational libraries throughout the historic and beloved South.

Lisa Anne Cullen is the author or editor of eight children’s books and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a master of fine arts degree in writing for children and pairs this passion with her love of illustration, art, photography, and screenwriting. Cullen has won awards for her artistic and written works and finds pure joy in connecting with the natural world.

“Beautifully written and illustrated with exquisite cut-paper collage, Little Orange Honey Hood is as bright as a summer morning and as sweet as orange blossom honey.”—Eric Kimmel, author of Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

“Mix an orange traveling cloak, a basket of goodies, and a trail through the swamp to Grandma’s house, and you have a classic fairy tale—retold with a Southern drawl. Cheer along as Blossom routs the wily creature hiding in Grandma’s bed and saves the day. Deep-fried gator nuggets, anyone?”—Lucy Nolan, author of the award-winning Down Girl and Sit book series

 "Young readers will love the highly detailed illustrations, will learn some fun Carolina facts, and can even cook up some local recipes included in the back.”—Edward Bloor, author of Tangerine

Cullen’s collages pull you into the South Carolina lowcountry setting and her language is as lush as the swampy trail leading to Grandma’s house.”—Joyce Hansen, author of I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly

“An ageless tale about family helping family, flavored with regional food, wildlife, and drama. And the art? As fresh and beautiful as a Carolina sunrise.”—Tom Poland, author of Georgialina

 "The detailed, poetic descriptions throughout evoke a clear and specific sense of place. Reading Little Orange Honey Hood is like experiencing a golden ray of Carolina sunshine.”—Frank Anderson, executive editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt




8.5 x 11
40 pages
27 color illus.
ISBN 978-1-61117-847-0
Hardcover, $18.99t

ISBN 978-1-61117-848-7
Ebook, $18.99
Young Palmetto Books
Kim Jeffcoat, founding series editor


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