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“A humorous choice for storytimes.”
––School Library Journal
“A serviceable trickster tale jazzed up with Cajun French phrases.”
“Filled with lessons to be learned and other fun characters like a dedicated crab, this book is swimming with fun for young readers.”
––Northwest Indiana Parent
A long time ago, when Crab and Crawfish were still best friends, Crawfish was feeling particularly lazy––and particularly hungry—as he loafed around the muggy bayou. When Crab arrived with a fish, Crawfish took one listen to his empty belly and decided to trick his good-natured friend.
After Crab realizes Crawfish has made a fool of him again, he isn’t happy, and before he knows it, Crawfish gets exactly what he deserves. A charming tale cautioning children about the consequences of cheating your friends, this colorful picture book from the critically acclaimed Johnette Downing will delight readers of all ages with its timeless and gentle lesson about integrity.
Lively collage-style illustrations, a glossary of Cajun words and phrases, including entries such as “cher” (dear or friend) and “beaucoup” (much), and a list of crawfish “fun facts” make this book an irresistible read.
About the Author/Illustrator
Johnette Downing is an award-winning, internationally recognized singer/songwriter who performs original children’s music inspired by her Louisiana heritage. Her many accolades include six Parents’ Choice Awards, three iParenting Media Awards, an Imagination Award, among others. She is the author of Pelican’s Chef Creole, Down in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Louisiana, and My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane, which she also illustrated.
WHY THE CRAWFISH LIVES IN THE MUD
Written and Illustrated by Johnette Downing
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 11 x 8½
18 color illus. Glossary