Crawdads, Doodlebugs and Creasy Greens


Songs, Stories, and Lore Celebrating the Natural World
64 pages softcover book



Discover how to catch crawdads, puree pawpaws, gobble greenbriers, noodle catfish, tickle trout, cook squirrel brains, twist a critter out of its hole and predict the weather with a persimmon seed. Learn how to greet a doodlebug and which rabbit’s foot is actually the lucky one. Hear tales about Queen Elizabeth when she was courted by a frog, Copper John Higgins when he swallowed a lizard, and Davy Crockett when he tried to grin a squirrel out of a tree.

You may buy the book and the recording separately but they are made as a set. The 64-page book features two dozen songs, more than 90 original illustrations and a plethora of stories and lore. On the recording (CD) 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 a few handy wild plant foraging tips. He is accompanied by guitar, fiddle, banjo and bass.