Armadilly Chili

Armadilly Chili

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by Helen Ketteman, Will Terry
     
 

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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.See more details below

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Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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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"A sure-fire hit for the lap-sit crowd."

Booklist

"Despite the lack of a recipe--with or without beetles--here's a tale guaranteed to warm the bones on a cold night."

Kirkus Reviews

"Terry's vibrant cartoon artwork adds personality to Billie and her large-eyed companions."

School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807504581
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
202,219
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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