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In the first of two stories on this audio CD. a big bï¿½tail (big animal) intrudes into the swampland on a gloomy day, and the bayou critters are fearful. The big bï¿½tail 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. Can Clovis help them to overcome their fears? In the next story, a group of bayou animals hurries to see the baby blue jay that has fallen from his nest during a storm. Some of them, like Christophe Cricket and Gaston Grasshopper, feel that the bird should be left alone as it could later pose a threat to them. But Clovis Crawfish feels the situation is similar to that in the mythic tale of Androcles the lion: when the "poor thing" grows up, it might eat them-yet Clovis feels that the orphaned bird needs their help badly and that they cannot let it die. Clovis states his case well, and soon all the bayou friends are working together to feed and take care of Zo-Zo. But when Zo-Zo dramatically shows everyone that he is ready to fend for himself, Clovis takes the necessary steps to send him on his way. The two stories are narrated in both English and French.
About the Author
Mary Alice Fontenot (1910-2003) was born in Arcadia Parish and worked on her grandfather’s Bayou Tigre farm in her youth. Fontenot spent thirty-five years as a journalist for multiple Louisiana publications and had a career as a kindergarten teacher. Named a Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and a Living Legend by the Arcadian Museum, she also received the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award. Fontenot wrote eighteen books for the Clovis Crawfish Series.