The Armadillo from Amarillo

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When an armadillo named Sasparillo wants to know where on earth he is, he leaves his home in San Antonio and travels north through the canyons and prairies of Texas. In Amarillo he meets an eagle and, with her help, finds the answer to his question-as well as lots of adventures. 8 X 9-3/4. Full-color illustrations

A wandering armadillo sees some of the cities, historic sites, geographic features, and wildlife of Texas.

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Overview

When an armadillo named Sasparillo wants to know where on earth he is, he leaves his home in San Antonio and travels north through the canyons and prairies of Texas. In Amarillo he meets an eagle and, with her help, finds the answer to his question-as well as lots of adventures. 8 X 9-3/4. Full-color illustrations

A wandering armadillo sees some of the cities, historic sites, geographic features, and wildlife of Texas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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 Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The musings of a Texas armadillo who wonders ``Where in the world am I?'' are the springboard for a journey and geography lesson that are wide-ranging indeed. Sasparillo climbs a tower in San Antonio, then sets out to explore the variegated terrain--canyons, woodlands, prairies, plains--of his native state. His curiosity unslaked, he then hops aboard a willing eagle's back for a true bird's-eye view. The armadillo and eagle eventually hitch a ride on the space shuttle, allowing them to contemplate the vastness of the universe--and pushing this flight of fancy rather too far. The rhyming text is merely workmanlike, but Cherry's peripatetic armadillo, bright-eyed and with a knapsack hung over his shoulder, makes a jaunty, appealing adventurer, and her meticulous lines and wide-ranging palette do full justice to the country through which he roams. The sheer beauty of her field of bluebells and her stark rock formations, to name just two scenes, speaks eloquently to the need to cherish and protect our earth. Sprinkled throughout are postcards from Sasparillo to a cousin in the Philadelphia Zoo. One quibble: the concluding author's note is unnecessarily long and belabored ``Some of the things that Sasparillo experiences could not happen to a real armadillo''. Ages 5-9. Mar.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
An armadillo named Sasparillo decides to travel his home state of Texas, and sends postcards describing his journey (in verse) to his cousin Brillo. His travels just heighten his curiosity about "where in the world" he might be, and with the help of a high-flying eagle (and the space shuttle), he learns a little geography. The illustrations are extremely detailed, with accurate depictions of Texas flora and fauna as well as popular tourist attractions.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The author looks at ecosystems through the eyes of an armadillo who is trying to find his place in the world. He explores various wonderful Texas Ecosystems and travels to San Antonio. Searching new heights, he hitches a ride; first with an eagle, then a rocket, always looking back at earth viewing his relation to it. Cherry has a gift of putting complex issues into language and pictures that young readers can understand. Her interesting perspectives and points of departure encourage active thinking about ecology.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 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
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An ecological jewel that sparkles with multifaceted spin-off possibilities.-School Library Journal

This is the perfect hook to start students exploring the United States.—Instructor
An easy geography lesson, and the illustrations showcase the beauty of our largest state.—Southern Living

Teachers exploring the ‘where am I’ concept will appreciate the increasingly distant views of city, area, state, continent, planet, and solar system.—Booklist

Enchanting.—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152019556
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 278,635
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNNE CHERRY has devoted her life to sharing her concern about environmental issues with others. Her important children's books also include The Armadillo from Amarillo and two tales from the Amazon rain forest: The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman's Apprentice. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Fun to read and listen to!

    I enjoyed the rhythm of the text, and found my boys (age 4 & 7) and my husband mezmerized. Their usual fare is nonfictional dinosaur books so its a relief to read something with pizazz. Its especially interesting if you live in Texas and have been to some of the locations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    This was an OK book.

    This book is an okay book. We think it's an okay book because the letters didn't go with the pictures and the pictures didn't go with the writings. We don't like the book.

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