Pick up pawpaws, gobble greenbriers, sheep sorrel, strawberries and blackberries. Predict the weather with a persimmon seed, and learn special techniques to gather, cook and prepare both southern and Italian style winter cress (creasy greens).
Learn songs, riddles and tales about these and other plants and critters. Find out how to greet a doodlebug and which rabbit's foot is actually the lucky one. Hear the true tale about Queen Elizabeth when she was courted by a frog, and about Copper John Higgins when he swallowed a lizard. Learn about the mysterious High John the Conqueror Root, and the immortal John Barleycorn.
This book and CD package includes the 64-page book featuring two dozen songs, more than 90 original illustrations and a plethora of stories and lore as well as a CD (an American Library Association Notable Recording) where Elliott plays harmonica and sings 10 of the songs from the book, and tells stories, including two historical tales, two Native American legends, a mess of traditional bird and animal lore as well as some mighty handy wild plant foraging tips.
Doug Elliott is accompanied by guitar, fiddle, banjo and bass. This is a fun recording for all ages and the book is full of natural history and songs and lore that are useful for teachers, herbalists, naturalists and performers.
Featured on the recording:
Ain't No Bugs On Me
Yellowhammers and Domineckers
The Cajuns and the Crawfish
Green Rocky Road
Queen Elizabeth and the Frog
Froggie Went a Courting,
Left Hind Leg of a Rabbit