Clovis Crawfish and friends have to save the day again when twins Chicot and Coteau, singing cigales (French for cicadas), find themselves in deep trouble. The problems begin when M’sieu Blue Jay casts a hungry eye at the twin brothers, who have just shed their shells for the summer. The Cigales are only trying to sing, but M’sieu Blue Jay isn’t listening: he is only interested in one thing—dinner.
Soon Coteau finds himself stranded in M’sieu Blue Jay’s nest, and it is up to the wetland friends to work together and rescue him. Only when all the creatures are safe can they put on their summer concert in the bayou.
The authentic French-Acadian language adds depth to the story, while children learn about the culture and ecology of the bayou region.
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
Eric Vincent, artist and resident of Louisiana, has captured the essence of the charming bayou creatures in a style that complements the whimisical text. He is also the illustrator of Clovis Crawfish and the Orphan Zo-Zo.
CLOVIS CRAWFISH AND THE SINGING CIGALES
By Mary Alice Fontenot
Illustrated by Eric Vincent
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8½ x 11
28 Color and b/w illustrations Pronunciation guide Song with music and French and English lyrics
ISBN: 9780882892702 hc