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  • Writer's pictureCheré Dastugue Coen

Follow the trail to Clovis Crawfish and Friends

Scavenger hunt celebrates 60th anniversary of cherished book.

Children love reading about animals and there’s something so adorable about a friendly crawfish and his stable of animal friends residing in the Louisiana bayous and swamps. It’s why Mary Alice Fontenot’s series of “Clovis Crawfish” books won over the hearts of Louisiana kids and children everywhere.

Clovis is still with us. Following Fontenot’s death, her daughter and long-time collaborator, Julie Fontenot Landry, took over the Clovis series, and is set to release "Clovis Crawfish and the Feu Follet" in the fall of 2021.

But, here’s some fun news. Pelican Publishing has released “Clovis Crawfish and His Friends: Sixtieth-Anniversary Edition” and to celebrate this popular book is offering a family-friendly scavenger hunt March 24-28, 2021, through the Mid-City/Bayou St. John area of New Orleans. Eleven local businesses will act as stops along the way, each featuring a “friend” from the book. The scavenger hunt will kick off at Liuzza’s by the Track, travel up Esplanade, then culminate at the Community Book Center on Bayou Road where the book may be purchased.

And that’s not all. Participants who take a picture with Clovis and tag Pelican Publishing (@PelicanPub) when they post to social media will be entered for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Here’s how to play:

Meet 10 friends of Clovis Crawfish along the way.

Take your picture with each character and post to Instagram or Facebook.

Reach your final destination and snap your photo with Clovis!

Tag @PelicanPub on your post or dm Pelican Publishing directly with your photo to be entered to win a copy of the book.

Create and share a TikTok video singing the song from the book to earn a bit of lagniappe (that's a little something extra in Louisiana speak)!

Want to know more?

The book follows Clovis as he learns the importance of being a good friend, is taught many lessons about all the animals that live in the bayou and has a close encounter with M’sieu Jay. This new edition features an introduction by Fontenot’s daughter, Julie Fontenot Landry, along with archival material, a song in French, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary. Intertwining French and English, Fontenot’s tale is now available to a new generation.

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