Friendship is the underlying subject as the beauty and dangers of bayou life are depicted in this, the very first volume in the landmark series. A curious crawfish, Clovis always wants to know why and what things are. He wonders why his bayou is called ï¿½Tail of the Frog,ï¿½ when frogs donï¿½t even have tails. Bertile Butterfly couldnï¿½t care less-sheï¿½s interested in only one thing-flowers.
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Praise for the Clovis Crawfish Series:
"In Louisiana's bayou country, Clovis Crawfish is a favorite folk hero of children who have met him in Fontenot's lively tales. . . . The stories have suspense, lessons in nature lore, French words, and plenty of fun."
"Mary Alice Fontenot's Clovis Crawfish Series have been providing lessons both in nature lore and French words and phrases used in everyday Cajun conversation as well as stories that are simply fun to read."
Clovis Crawfish and His Friends is the book that launched the entire Clovis Crawfish Series and introduced this friendly crawfish to children and adults alike. Since he first appeared in 1962, Clovis Crawfish has taught children in Louisiana and across the country important concepts such as friendship, teamwork, and problem solving. Through the adventures of Clovis and his friends, children also learn about the ecology of the bayou. Each story includes French words and phrases heard in everyday Cajun conversation.
Clovis lives in a mud house in Bayou Frog Tail, which strikes him as a strange name, since frogs don't even have tails. Bertile Butterfly is no help in explaining this mystery to him-all she wants to do is flit about and eat flowers. When inquisitive Clovis finally discovers the answer from Fernand Frog, he doesn't have much time to dwell on it because M'sieu Blue Jay is about to make a meal of his good friend Gaston Grasshopper! Can Clovis save his friend and save the day?
The late Mary Alice Fontenot (1910-2003), a Louisiana native, authored thirty books, including nineteen in the Clovis Crawfish Series. A former journalist and kindergarten teacher, Fontenot was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Acadian Arts Council in 1998, and, in 2001, she was awarded the first Honorary Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award, presented by the State Library of Louisiana and the Louisiana Center for the Book.
Illustrator Keith Graves received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1981 and completed further studies at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. In addition to illustrating Pelican's Clovis Crawfish and Petit Papillon, he is the author and illustrator of nine children's books. Graves lives with his wife, Nancy, and their twins, Max and Emma, in Austin, Texas.From the Back Cover:
Track 1 Clovis Crawfish and His Friends
Clovis lives in a mud house in Bayou Frog Tail -which strikes Clovis as a strange name, since frogs don't even have tails.
Track 2 Clovis Crawfish and Simeon Suce-Fleur
The sky darkens and strange cold flakes begin to fall. Clovis hurries back to his mud house for shelter, only to find his new hummingbird friend Simeon Suce-Fleur suffering badly from the sudden icy weather. Clovis must rally his neighbors to save Simeon.
Piste 3 Clovis Ecrevisse et Ses Amis
Clovis habite dans une maison de boue au bord du Bayou Queue de la Grenouille. Clovis trouve que c'est un drï¿½le de nom, parce que les grenouilles n'ont pas de queues.
Piste 4 Clovis Ecrevisse et Simeon Suce-Fleur
Le ciel noircit, et des flocons ï¿½tranges et froids commencent ï¿½ tomber. Clovis va vite chez lui, oï¿½ il trouve son ami, Simeon Suce-Fleur, qui souffre beacoup du temps froid qui est arrivï¿½ tout d'un coup. Clovis doit rassembler ses amis pour sauver Simeon.
Music performed by Mike and Julie Landry
Translation: Julie Fontenot Landry
French editing: Deborah C. Hils
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