10: A Wonderful Story

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Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo are blissfully happy newlyweds. Only one thing is needed to make their happiness complete-a child. And if one child is good, won't ten be better? Of course that means ten of every single present will be needed, whether it's potties, pets, tutus, or baseball caps.

Only the amazing mind of Vladimir Radunsky could have created this wonderfully silly story about the fun-loving Armadillo family. Lots of little-known details about armadillos are revealed here. ...

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Overview

Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo are blissfully happy newlyweds. Only one thing is needed to make their happiness complete-a child. And if one child is good, won't ten be better? Of course that means ten of every single present will be needed, whether it's potties, pets, tutus, or baseball caps.

Only the amazing mind of Vladimir Radunsky could have created this wonderfully silly story about the fun-loving Armadillo family. Lots of little-known details about armadillos are revealed here. Did you know that armadillos wear ear socks? Always clean, always in bright colors. Did you know they paint their noses blue? (No one knows why.) Children and adults alike will be captivated by the antics of the lively Armadillo clan

Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo are very happy newlyweds who look forward to having a child, but get ten times the happiness they expected.

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Having taken a puckish look at Table Manners with Chris Raschka, Radunsky finds a kooky, kicky way of counting to 10 while addressing pregnancy and birth. In effusive language and over-the-moon collages, he presents the love story of Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo, two thick-set creatures attired in sacklike body suits, form-fitting "tail stockings" and striped "ear socks. Always clean. Always in bright colors." (In case anyone objects that these bipeds cannot be real animals, Radunsky pictures a regular armadillo "naked, after taking a bath.") Each spread provides an episode in the newlyweds' fond marriage. They play in the park and ponder names for imaginary offspring, only to be surprised when a four-stage sequence shows Mrs. Armadillo's belly expanding to phenomenal size. "I think I am going to have a baby," she says. "Oh, my," replies her husband. Not one but a bevy of infants arrive, and the overwhelmed couple shrewdly names them "One" through "Ten" (all are olive-green but Six, who's a warm shade of sunset pink). Radunsky depicts the pregnancy with matter-of- factness and fervent optimism. After the birth, delighted relatives come bearing gifts, including a polka-dotted giraffe, plaid elephant and 10 frothy white tutus; practical Grandma brings 10 potties ("What if they all need to go potty at the same time?"). Every breathless chapter proclaims the family "so happy," and the lighthearted images seem to concur. Weightless baby armadillos and calligraphic numerals float about the bright white pages of this endearing book. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 1-An offbeat, silly story about a newlywed couple. "All day long they play. First, Mrs. Armadillo chases Mr. Armadillo. Then, when she gets tired, they switch. And so forth and so on. But when both are tired, they sit down on a bench and say hello to every armadillo passing by. Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo are very friendly." One morning Mrs. Armadillo announces that she is pregnant. As she is lying on a hospital gurney, the doctor and nurses deliver 10 babies, whom the parents name "One" through "Ten." Excited relatives arrive bringing gifts for each of them. The end gatefold opens to reveal the 10 happy youngsters inside the only stroller big enough for them-Uncle Elmer's boat. Radunsky's wacky cut-paper collages depict the armadillos with ear socks, striped tail stockings, and blue noses. A foreword provides an anatomy lesson, featuring a diagram of "The Armadillo (naked, after taking a bath)." Radunsky narrates the story and interjects asides such as, "I could not draw them all because I didn't have enough room on the page," and "And what are their names? Mr. Armadillo's is- hmm- Alfred? Aaron? Amos?- Oh, I have forgotten his name." Young children will enjoy the many opportunities to count these odd creatures, but some may be puzzled by the eccentric tone.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Radunsky (Mannekin Pis, p. 961, etc.) tucks plenty of counting practice into this evergreen "family" story rich with Radunsky’s offbeat humor. He’s off and running even before the title page, with a labeled picture of an armadillo, "naked after taking a bath." This is, of course, so that readers will know for sure what an armadillo is. However, little known to most will be the fact that armadillos "are very fond of fine clothes." Hence the need to demonstrate certain favorites: ear socks, tail stockings, and "pretty dresses or elegant suits." Finally, "The Story Begins." Chattering along, he fills his pages with silly asides about his protagonists, whose names he can’t remember. Head over heels in love, Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo hug and play and finally Mrs. Armadillo becomes as big as ten armadillos. A two-page spread is filled mostly with Mrs. A. overwhelming the car as they race off to the hospital to have their baby. They are both overjoyed and overwhelmed when not one baby arrives, but ten. Because they can’t pick names, the newborns are named One through Ten and they get potties and baseball caps, tutus and pets (cows, mostly) from doting relatives—all of which tumble across the pages for young viewers to count. That’s about it: the babies arrive, receive their presents, then—open the flap—they pile into a boat-turned-carriage for an outing—and "they were all very happy." Blue-nosed adult armadillos, nattily attired in patterned ear and tail socks, tumble with the infants across monochrome backgrounds in this bright, amiable, universally recognizable episode. (Picture book. 4-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670035632
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: 10/1/1902
  • Series: Action Packs Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    so silly

    "First: they (armadillos) put on nice ear sock. Always clean. Always in bright colors."

    What a fun book. I'm happy to read it over and over to my kids.

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