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Who Got the Baby in the King Cake? by Johnette Downing
Based on a song from Johnette Downing’s new album Swamp Romp, A Louisiana Dance Party for Children, this rhythmic original story celebrates king cake, the culinary centerpiece of New Orleans Mardi Gras.
Believed to have originated in twelfth-century France, the cake is an homage to the wise men or three kings. In Europe and beyond, a bean, pea, pecan, or coin is hidden inside the cake for good luck. In New Orleans, a plastic king cake baby is concealed. Whoever finds the hidden object in their piece of king cake is unofficially crowned king or queen for a day and is expected to host the next king cake party as a way of spreading good fortune and ensuring that festivities continue throughout the Carnival season.
At king cake parties, usually hosted before Mardi Gras parades, you will hear locals ask, “Who got the baby in the king cake?” Find out in this book who got the baby in the king cake. It just might be YOU!
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