The Smirch* Of Mardi Gras
Written By Holly Groh, M.D.
Illustrated By Maggie Groh
*Smirch is an old time word [1485-95; origin, uncertain] meaning to make dirt, stained as in a thing or in the character of a person
About the book
The Smirch of Mardi Gras is a tongue in cheek tale of a character, the Smirch, who loves Mardi Gras so very much. He originates the idea to have more, more, more of all the stuff he believes he, krewes (people in the parades), and parade goers will love year after year. The consequences are similar to what we see currently with the waste, toxins, trash, and overabundance of stuff. Never fear, our children come to the rescue with love and light to lead the way. Even the Smirch loves their ideas.
The idea behind the book
Written, designed, and printed in New Orleans, Louisiana, with love and care.
After forming VerdiGras and lecturing for years to adults and students, I have been taken by the ingenuity of our children when I had the opportunity to share with them the effects of so much Mardi Gras stuff and so much toxic Carnival stuff. I created this book to inspire, with fun, kids of all ages to create their own solutions of how we can each do our part to take care of our earth, air, water, and each other around the globe and still have a really great Mardi Gras. It really never was about stuff or beads.