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“Parlez-vous français, Clovis Crawfish? Mais oui!”
Echo Gecko is the shy new lizard in the Louisiana swamp. She has a habit of repeating everything she hears, that’s how she got her nickname. All little Echo really wants is to learn how to speak French.
All Clovis Crawfish wants is a nap. But Clovis loves to help his friends—if he can save Christophe Cricket from the ornery M’sieu Blue Jay, he certainly can teach little Echo some French. Her lessons go well until Echo turns up missing after a summer rainstorm. Did M’sieu Blue Jay eat poor little Echo Gecko? Will she ever learn to speak French?
The adventures of this bevy of bayou characters is an enriching way for children to learn about these swamp critters and simple French phrases too.
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
Julie Dupré Buckner is a member of the Louisiana Art & Artists guild and has won numerous awards for her paintings and illustrations. She lives in Plaquemine, Louisiana, with her husband and three children.
CLOVIS CRAWFISH AND ECHO GECKO
By Mary Alice Fontenot
Illustrated by Julie Dupré Buckner
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illustrations
Pronunciation guide Song with music and French and English lyrics
ISBN: 9781565547087 hc