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The Armadillo from Amarillo Paperback – March 31, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
This armadillo's-eye exploration of Texan terrain (and beyond, into outer space) is noteworthy for the art, which, said PW, "does full justice to the country through which [the hero] roams." Ages 5-9. (May.
- roams." Ages 5-9. (May)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Spectacular watercolor and oil-pastel renditions of Texas scenes combine with the rhymed-verse explorations of a curious armadillo to form an excellent map-skills book for beginners. Sasparillo Armadillo decides to explore his native state, and travels from San Antonio to Amarillo. He's still not sure where in the world he is, so he catches a ride on the back of a golden eagle and eventually boards the space shuttle for an even larger perspective. Cherry's love for the environment, shown in The Great Kapok Tree (1990) and A River Ran Wild (1992, both Harcourt), is evident in this book as well. Fields of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes sprawl across borderless, two-page spreads, giving credence to the grandeur of the countryside. Indigenous plants, animals (some endangered), and unique geographical formations are introduced via inset postcards that Sasparillo sends to his cousin Brillo in Philadelphia. An author's note is packed with more cultural, historical, and scientific information, disclaiming some of the fantasy elements but assuring readers that "the geographical information in the text is accurate." An ecological jewel that sparkles with multifaceted spin-off possibilities.
Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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desert area of Amarillo. As he goes along, he sends back postcards of what he sees.
He is very ingenious in getting farther and farther away from Amarillo. He eventually
makes it to outer space. Cumulatively, the reader ends up with a sense of where we
are in the universe. It is a simpler book version of the Powers of Ten movie from many