Armadillo Trail: The Northward Journey of the Armadilloby Stephen R. Swinburne, Bruce Hiscock
Follow the journey of this "armored" creature to the north. It is descended from an animal that evolved fifty-five million years ago in South America. It looks like a miniature tank, with its stiff armor and short legs. When the Spanish arrived in the New World and saw this strange-looking creature, they called it el armadillo, "the little armored one." Stephen
Follow the journey of this "armored" creature to the north. It is descended from an animal that evolved fifty-five million years ago in South America. It looks like a miniature tank, with its stiff armor and short legs. When the Spanish arrived in the New World and saw this strange-looking creature, they called it el armadillo, "the little armored one." Stephen Swinburne and Bruce Hiscock follow the trail of one armadillo in Texas that gives birth to four female pups. When her babies are ready, the mother leads them out of their burrow. Soon they learn how to dig for worms and beetles to eat. The young armadillos keep growing and keep moving, staying alert for dogs and other predators. They wander ever northward on a journey of survival fraught with danger.
This informative and appealing introduction to armadillos covers the growth and development of a mother and her four pups. One of the grown pups meanders northward and eventually starts her own family in Kansas. Beautiful watercolor illustrations (the hard carapace of the armadillo is very effectively rendered) accompany evocative imagery-"Her hind legs work like excavators catching the loose dirt and flinging it backward." There is some slight anthropomorphizing: "Her children watch and learn," and "she is Texas-born, but she has a traveling soul." The loss of a young pup to a predator is deftly handled: a picture of a burrow shows the mother armadillo resting with her remaining three pups. The landscapes show vibrant wide open spaces; one reveals the soft glow of a sunset, another shows a pond bottom, its soil disturbed by an armadillo walking underwater; it discloses the unusual ability of an armadillo to store air and submerge itself for "up to six minutes." Additional material about armadillos and a map showing their current range in the United States is included on the final two pages. This lovely book is packed with information, but it is more suitable for browsing or as a read-aloud than for reports.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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- 7 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Stephen R. Swinburne is the author of Turtle Tide: The Ways of Sea Turtles, illustrated by Bruce Hiscock. A former national park ranger, he also wrote Black Bear: North America's Bear; Coyote: North America's Dog, and Saving Manatees. He lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.
Bruce Hiscock is the author-illustrator of a number of books, including Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl; The Big Caribou Herd: Life in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; The Big Tree; The Big Storm; and Coyote and Badger: Desert Hunters of the Southwest. He lives in upstate New York.
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