It’s springtime in south Louisiana, or is it? Clovis Crawfish isn’t about to wait around in his mudhouse to find out!
He sticks his head and whiskers outside the opening to his mudhouse and finds Rosalie Redbird and Christophe Cricket singing about the arrival of le printemps (spring). But if spring has arrived, where are René Rainfrog, Gaston Grasshopper, and Josette June Bug? Clovis decides to head for the swamp to find out. There he meets Simeon Suce-Fleur, a tiny hummingbird who is looking for threads to build her nest, and wise old Henri Hibou (Henry Owl), who warns Clovis that it is not yet spring. When tiny flakes of snow begin to fall, Clovis discovers that Henri Hibou was right, and dashes back to the warmth of his mudhole. But when he arrives, he sees Simeon Suce-Fleur lying on the ground, shivering from the cold. Has he arrived in time to save the little hummingbird, and what will Clovis do?
About the Author
Mary Alice Fontenot is best known as the children’s author of books on Cajun culture. She created the famous wetland characters of Clovis Crawfish and his friends more than thirty years ago. In addition to the Clovis Crawfish Series, Fontenot wrote several other children’s books, including Mardi Gras in the Country and The Star Seed, both published by Pelican. Fontenot worked as a kindergarten teacher and, for thirty-five years, as a newspaperwoman. Her dedication to children and to her art earned her the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award. She 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 SIMEON SUCE-FLEUR
By Mary Alice Fontenot
Illustrated by Scott R. Blazek
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
12 Color and b/w illustrations
Song with music and French and English lyrics
ISBN: 9780882897516 hc