10-3 | Yo’ Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux: Louisiana Children’s Folklore and Play

Book Review

Yo’ Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux: Louisiana Children’s Folklore and Play

Jeanne Pitre Soileau
Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2016. Foreword, acknowledgments, introduction, black-and-white photographs, appendices, and index. 193 pp. $65.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781496810403

by Jan Rosenberg

First Paragraph:

Jeanne Pitre Soileau’s Yo’ Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux: Louisiana Children’s Folklore and Play celebrates and an explores African American children’s expressive culture in South Louisiana. It also celebrates the author’s more than forty years of fieldwork with African American children and the persistence of child lore. And it explores genres gleaned from the author’s first-hand observations of African American children at play. The book covers “the last part of the 20th century and the first ten years of the 21st,” which “began with the era of integration in South Louisiana and ends with the age of computers and the Internet” (p. 3).