Clovis Crawfish and the Big Betail

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When a big betail (big animal) intrudes into the swampland on a gloomy day, the bayou critters are fearful. The big betail is Andrew Armadillo from Texas. A huge creature with a hard shell, cowboy boots, and thick-lensed spectacles, Andrew at first frightens our bayou friends with his strange accent and booming voice.

Unknowingly, this stranger destroys Clovis Crawfish's mudhouse. Clovis tries to defend his territory by confronting this immense animal. Rene Rainfrog, Denis Dirt ...

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Blazek, Scott R. Gretna, LA 1988 Hard Cover First Thus Very Good in Very Good jacket 4to-over 11"-13" Tall. Unpaginated, yel boards w/black letters, dj yel-brown w/color ... wraparound pictorial. This is the first Pelican edition of this story. Story originally printed in 1963 and has been redone w/color illustrations by Pelican. Story about Andrew Armadillo from Texas who intrudes into the swampland & the bayou critters are fearful. Read more Show Less

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When a big betail (big animal) intrudes into the swampland on a gloomy day, the bayou critters are fearful. The big betail is Andrew Armadillo from Texas. A huge creature with a hard shell, cowboy boots, and thick-lensed spectacles, Andrew at first frightens our bayou friends with his strange accent and booming voice.

Unknowingly, this stranger destroys Clovis Crawfish's mudhouse. Clovis tries to defend his territory by confronting this immense animal. Rene Rainfrog, Denis Dirt Dauber, and the others scamper out of sight when the big betail begins to speak. As Bertile Butterfly flies away, she is trapped in a thornbush. Andrew, protected by his hard shell and propped up on his long tail, rescues Bertile. Illustrated in a lively and playful style, this book is for ages 5 to 8.

Andrew Armadillo from Texas causes a stir in Clovis Crawfish's bayou but is accepted as a friend after he makes a heroic rescue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882896892
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1988
  • Series: Clovis Crawfish Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet 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.

Illustrator Scott Blazek is a Lutheran minister and freelance artist who has won numerous awards for his posters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    Cute Book With Introduction to Cajun French

    I have found a number of the books in this series to be entertaining and educational. We are not from Louisiana and have no personal ties to the place. That being said, the stories are charming, and the introduction to French (Cajun style) is educational. The illustrations are cute, as well.

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