Of Kings and Fools : Stories of the French Tradition in North America
French folklore in North America with an explanation of popular images and themes, as well as a glossary of vernacular terms in translation.
From August House Publishers: "In 'Of Kings and Fools' Julien Olivier and Michael Parent recount the stories that they often heard as children growing up in the northeast United States. They recall with a Franco-American flair the lutin's tricks on farmers, the Jack-like adventures of Ti-Jean, Pierre and his modern-day chain saw, a beautiful princess conquering an evil witch, and family stories passed down from generation to generation. Meet Michael's grandfather, Honoré Fournier, who spoiled his grandchildren with kindly generosity, and Alexis Lacasse, Julien's grandfather, who didn't let a prank stop him from arriving to dinner on time."