The Adventures of Chaoui Contest for Children-WE HAVE A WINNER!

It took a while but we finally have a WINNER! The son of Debbi from Texas wins a signed copy of Before the Saltwater Came. Please email me your mailing address so I can send you the book. And what does Chaoui (pronounced shawee) mean? It means raccoon in the local dialect of he Houma Indians. Cool, huh?

A contest, in memory of Chaoui, our pet raccoon who heard and heeded the call of the wild before winter set in . . .

Have your child (via you is acceptable) submit an entry stating what the word Chaoui means. The name of every child with a correct submission will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will receive a signed copy of my children’s picture book, Before the Saltwater Came, about the vanishing Louisiana wetlands.


Parents, you may offer help commensurate with the child’s age, OK? Encourage them to find it on their own, if they can. If you use an outside source, please post the URL or the name of the book you used to help you find the correct answer.

You have until 9 p.m. CST Wednesday.

Thanks and Good Luck!


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  1. I really miss her. In my heart she’ll always stay the same. Aggravating you in your computer room, splashing water and food all over the place, crying to come back inside. Mostly the pleasure all of you, and me, got from her love of investigating and playfullness.

    I can still see her perched on the outside window sill looking in.

    Thanks again for sharing her.

    You are very welcome. It was my sincere pleasure! I still think I’m going to write a book or an article because I only scratched the surface of what she was capable of on this blog!

  2. We are probably too late to enter your contest, but after much searching ( I had to help since my son is dyslexic) We finally found that Chaoui in Cajun/Indian means: raccoon. Sorry for the tardiness…I have put in some late days that quickly turned into late nights at the hospital. My son tried to research on his own, but ended up having to wait on poor ol mom lol.

    Here is the URL
    Debbi in TX