In this story of courage and friendship, set on the Louisiana bayou, Clovis Crawfish and his friends teach children how to put aside their fears and assist others, while also teaching them a bit of Cajun French.
Clovis’ bayou friends are frightened by the large, wide-eyed animal that Gaston Grasshopper spots climbing in the big old oak tree. But Clovis explains that this big betail is Raoul Raccoon, who is simply gathering berries for his meal. When this hungry raccoon gets trapped in Simone Spider’s web, Clovis urges his friends to abandon their fears of Raoul and help him out of a sticky situation. Lizette Lizard and René Rainfrog quickly pull the cobwebs from Raoul’s eyes, preventing him from falling into the bayou. Grateful for their assistance, Raoul calls to them, "Merci, merci mille fois," or "I thank you a thousand times!"
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
Cat Landry has captured the whimsical nature of this adventure with her charming illustrations. No stranger to the Clovis Crawfish series, she is the granddaughter of author Mary Alice Fontenot and daughter of translator Julie Fontenot Landry. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a graphic artist.
Also available in French:
CLOVIS ECREVISSE ET CHARLES CHATOUI
CLOVIS CRAWFISH AND RAOUL RACCOON
By Mary Alice Fontenot
Illustrated by Cat Landry
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illustrations
Pronunciation guide Ages 5-8
Song with music and French and English lyrics