Clovis Crawfish and the Twin Sister

Overview

Spring in south Louisiana finds Clovis Crawfish keeping a watchful eye over the bayou as M'sieu Blue Jay is on a quest to find a buried acorn. Lizette Lizard breaks the bayou routine when she appears in search of her missing twin sister, Lois Lizard, much to Clovis's surprise. He had never known Lizette Lizard had a twin sister!

Clovis organizes the friends of the bayou into a search party. As Maurice Mosquito Hawk scours the bayou in search of Lois, Fernand Frog searches the ...

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Overview

Spring in south Louisiana finds Clovis Crawfish keeping a watchful eye over the bayou as M'sieu Blue Jay is on a quest to find a buried acorn. Lizette Lizard breaks the bayou routine when she appears in search of her missing twin sister, Lois Lizard, much to Clovis's surprise. He had never known Lizette Lizard had a twin sister!

Clovis organizes the friends of the bayou into a search party. As Maurice Mosquito Hawk scours the bayou in search of Lois, Fernand Frog searches the levee. This lesson in teamwork will benefit children of all ages.

Louisiana native Mary Alice Fontenot was the leading children's author depicting Cajun culture. She created the famous wetland characters of Clovis and his friends in 1961. Her dedication to children and to her art earned her the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award.

Coauthor and daughter Julie Fontenot Landry finished this book after her mother's death in 2003. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has taught in elementary, secondary, and higher education. Born in Crowley, Louisiana, Mrs. Landry lives in Laguna Woods, California, to be closer to her children.

Julie Dupré Buckner began painting commissioned work at the age of fourteen. She earned a B.F.A. from Louisiana Tech University and continued her studies in Italy. Her illustration portfolio includes three titles in the Clovis Crawfish Series and numerous advertising illustrations. A serious portrait painter, she has studied with nationally acclaimed portrait artist Michael Del Priore. Mrs. Buckner resides in Plaquemine, Louisiana, with her husband and three children.

The Clovis Crawfish Series

Clovis Crawfish and the Singing Cigales*
Clovis Crawfish and the Orphan Zo-Zo*
Clovis Crawfish and Petit Papillon
Clovis Crawfish and His Friends*
Clovis Crawfish and the Curious Crapaud
Clovis Crawfish and the Spinning Spider*
Clovis Crawfish and the Big Bétail*
Clovis Crawfish and Michelle Mantis
Clovis Crawfish and Simeon Suce-Fleur
Clovis Crawfish and Bertile's Bon Voyage
Clovis Crawfish and Etienne Escargot
Clovis Crawfish and Batiste Bête Puante*
Clovis Crawfish and Bidon Box Turtle*
Clovis Crawfish and Paillasse Poule d'Eau*
Clovis Crawfish and Fedora Field Mouse*
Clovis Crawfish and Raoul Raccoon*
Clovis Crawfish and Silvie Sulphur
Clovis Crawfish and Echo Gecko

The Clovis Crawfish
Audiocassette Series

Clovis Crawfish and His Friends with Clovis Crawfish and Simeon Suce-Fleur
Clovis Crawfish and the Singing Cigales with Clovis Crawfish and Petit Papillon
Clovis Crawfish and the Spinning Spider with Clovis Crawfish and the Curious Crapaud
Clovis Crawfish and Michelle Mantis with Clovis Crawfish and Etienne Escargot
Clovis Crawfish and the Big Bétail with Clovis Crawfish and the Orphan Zo-Zo
Clovis Crawfish and Batiste Bête Puante with Clovis Crawfish and Bertile's Bon Voyage
Clovis Crawfish and Bidon Box Turtle with Clovis Crawfish and Paillasse Poule d'Eau

Audiocassettes also available in French.

*Indicates books that are also available in French.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Augusta Scattergood
Clovis Catfish and his swamp buddies have returned. Although Louisiana children have enjoyed these books for generations, the series, which began in 1961, was thought to have ended when its creator recently died in her 90s. This latest picture book, written by Mary Alice Fontenot's daughter and based on a manuscript discovered after Mrs. Fontenont's death, continues the swamp creatures' story. As the other wetland animals learn that Lisette Lizard's twin sister is lost, they pull together. Clever Clovis organizes the bayou creatures into a search party, and everyone learns that teamwork usually results in happy outcomes. Opportunities to find all the animals who cleverly don sunbonnets, hair bows and sunglasses in these colorful pictures make this a perfect read-aloud. The story is charming, and the illustrations are bright, cheerful, and help to tell the story. A guide to the numerous Cajun French words gives the English equivalent and the English pronunciation. Reviewer: Augusta Scattergood
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804678
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Series: Clovis Crawfish Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 951,287
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Dupré Buckner illustrates and teaches art classes. She received a BFA from Louisiana Tech University and is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Buckner also illustrated Pelican's Jubilee!, Clovis Crawfish and Echo Gecko, Clovis Crawfish and Silvie Sulphur, and Clovis Crawfish and the Twin Sister. She lives in Plaquemine, Louisiana.

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.

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