In this adventure, written in standard French with Cajun dialogue, Clovis Crawfish and company make a new friend in Paillasse Poule d’Eau. The bayou creatures enjoy learning all about their new friend. Two of the first things they find out is that his name, Paillasse, means “clown” in French, while Poule d’Eau means “water chicken.”
Soon, however, the fun is interrupted when the gang learns that Clothilde Catfish is trapped inside a hollow tree stump! Clovis, Paillasse, Christophe Cricket, Lizette Lizard, and René Rainfrog all rush to attempt a rescue. Will they be able to save their friend?
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
Illustrator Scott R. Blazek resides in Clovis, New Mexico, where he is a Lutheran minister and an award-winning freelance artist. He has illustrated more than half of the books in the Clovis Crawfish series including Clovis Crawfish and Batiste Bête Puante, Clovis Crawfish and Simeon Suce-Fleur, Clovis Crawfish and Michelle Mantis, and Clovis Crawfish and the Big Bétail. Blazek has also designed more than 500 different medals and doubloons for Mardi Gras krewes. 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 ECREVISSE ET PAILLASSE POULE D'EAU
By Mary Alice Fontenot
Illustrated by Scott R. Blazek
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
Color illustrations Song with music