Armadilly Chili

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A blue norther's a-blowing', and Miss Billie Armadilly is hankering to make a pot of chili! Only she needs to fix it all by herself because Tex the tarantula, Mackie the bluebird, and Taffy the horned toad are too busy to lend a hand.

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A blue norther's a-blowing', and Miss Billie Armadilly is hankering to make a pot of chili! Only she needs to fix it all by herself because Tex the tarantula, Mackie the bluebird, and Taffy the horned toad are too busy to lend a hand.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When the winds of a Texas "blue norther" bend cactuses to the curves of the desert hills, Miss Billie Armadilly decides to make a pot of chili. Modeled after the Little Red Hen, the task-focused armadillo asks for assistance from Tex the tarantula, Mackie the bluebird, and Taffy the horned toad, but all three are too busy to help. Ever resourceful, Miss Billie single-handedly gathers a bunch of beetles, picks a peck of peppers, chops up prickly pear cactus, and cooks up her specialty. That evening, her hungry pals ask for a taste, but she tells them, "No workin' with Billie, no sharin' the chili!" However, when the proud and somewhat angry armadillo sits down to eat, she sadly discovers one precious ingredient missing from the concoction-the love of her friends. Terry's vibrant cartoon artwork adds personality to Billie and her large-eyed companions. Done in jewel tones, the scenes depict the warmth of the desert landscape as well as that of the creatures' friendship. The rhythmic text reads aloud well and the dialogue has a western flavor. Pair this variant of the classic story with Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel's Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! (Harcourt, 1999) to spark a discussion of colorful characters in traditional tales.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Little Red Hen goes to Texas. A Blue Norther puts Miss Billie Armadilly in the mood for some chili, but when she asks Tex the tarantula, Mackie the bluebird, and Taffy the horned toad to help gather the requisite beetles, jalape-os, and prickly pear, they make excuses. So, it's "No cookin' with Billie, no sharin' the chili!" when the dish's scent draws the miscreants to her door. But despite its savor, the chili tastes "flat as a Texas prairie" to Miss Billie-until her now-repentant buddies reappear, bearing dishes of their own, to share it. Terry debuts with big Southwestern scenes, laid out in swirls and curls of rich color, through which his characters, decked out in western wear (that's a Stetson and four pairs of boots for Tex), saunter stylishly until gathering at Billie's hacienda to chatter the chilly night away. Despite the lack of a recipe-with or without beetles-here's a tale guaranteed to warm the bones on a cold night. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807504581
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 606,781
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    Pure Fun! This is total Texas fun as Ketteman retells the Littl

    Pure Fun!

    This is total Texas fun as Ketteman retells the Little Red Hen in true Texas style. When my first graders study fables, I pull this out to see if they can recognize the basis of the story. They love the rhyming and the pictures. Their, and my, favorite part of the story is the repeated line, “No workin’ with Billy, no sharin’ the Chili,” and I set them up to repeat the line every time. Now we do live in Texas, but I think that almost anybody could get the ‘lingo’ down with a little effort, and make this a read-a-loud favorite. I know I have a hit when my second graders see the book and remind me that I read it to them last year. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Great new take on a Classic story line...

    I used this to compare with "The Little Red Hen" stories. My students loved the story line and Texas take on the story. They also liked the ending, which is different than one would think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    This books makes me miss Texas!

    Excellent book! Great way to have a different version of the Little Red Hen, Texas style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Colorful and Fun

    This is a colorful and fun story set in the Southwest where an armadillo named Billie Armadilly is preparing to make a big pot of chili. In the same pattern as The Little Red Hen, Billie meets her friends, Tex the tarantula, Mackie the bluebird, and Taffy the horned toad, and asks each to help. All are too busy but want to help eat the chili when its finished, and Billie refuses. In the end, the friends realize their error and bring other items to share in the meal as well as their apologies. The story is not only fun to read and view the vivid pictures painted by Will Terry, but could also be a good discussion starter when discussing friendships and relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    Armadilly Chili steams up with Ilustrations!

    Armadilly Chili is a wonderfully illustrated book. The colorful, playful illustrations carry this book to starry heights, a book the kiddies read all night, till they nod off, and down the stairs you creep. Mr. Terry carries this book with his funny exaggerated characters, you can't help fall in love with. Kudos to such a wonderfully illustrated book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    Nice book! my 5 year old received this as a gift from my wife and she loved it! The pictures are brilliant and imaginative and my little one loves to have me read it over and over again. It's a nice take on an old tale that wraps up with a nice lesson in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Beautiful Illustrations!

    The story is a Southwestern-style Little Red Hen. It's the gorgeous illustrations by Will Terry that elevate it to classic status. Rich and vibrant color. Quirky characters. Highly recommended!

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