Originally published as a two-color edition in 1979, Clovis Crawfish and Etienne Escargot was an immediate hit with fans of the French-speaking animals of the fictional bayou created by children's author Mary Alice Fontenot. This new edition, with four-color and black-and-white illustrations by Scott R. Blazek, brings the familiar characters to life on the page.
Etienne Escargot travels through the bayou country to live with Clovis and his bayou friends. Before arriving at Clovis' home, Etienne releases his eggs in a pile of tiny pearly shells. Suddenly the rain begins to fall, trapping Etienne and his eggs on a mound of mud surrounded by swirling black waters. The bayou friends—Christophe Cricket, Denis Dirt Dauber, Lizette Lizard, and René Rainfrog—enlist the talent of Waldeaux Woodpecker to make a pirogue out of a cypress tree limb. Clovis helps Etienne and his eggs into the boat and guides them to safety.
About the Author
Mary Alice Fontenot is best known as the children’s author on Cajun culture. She created the famous wetland characters of Clovis Crawfish and his friends more than thirty years ago—and they still find exciting new adventures. In addition to this series, Mrs. Fontenot wrote several other children’s books including Mardi Gras in the Country and Star Seed. She also worked as a newspaperwoman for thirty-five years and as a kindergarten teacher for some time. Her dedication to children and to her art earned her the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Fontenot died in 2003 at the age of ninety-three.
About the Illustrator
Scott R. Blazek resides in Clovis, New Mexico, where he is a Lutheran minister and an award-winning freelance artist. He was awarded a $2,500 prize from the U.S. Mint for designing a five-dollar gold coin featuring James Madison for their Bill of Rights Commemorative Coins set.
CLOVIS CRAWFISH AND ETIENNE ESCARGOT
By Mary Alice Fontenot
Illustrated by Scott R. Blazek
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8½ x 11
16 Color & b/w illustrations
Song with music and French and English lyrics 2nd edition
ISBN: 9780882898261 hc