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Armadilly chili
Ketteman, Helen.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged): color illustrations; 23 x 28 cm
In this Texas-style adaptation of a traditional folktale, a tarantula, mockingbird, and horned toad refuse to help an armadillo prepare a batch of chili but nevertheless expect to eat it when it's ready.
Reading Level:
AD 660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 78971.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 36879 Guided reading level: K.
Added Author:
Added Uniform Title:
Little red hen. English.
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Material Type
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PZ8.1.K54 AR 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.1.K54 AR 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.1.K54 AR 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. Yee haw! This Texas-style takeoff on The Little Red Hen bubbles with southwestern flavor. Miss Billie Armadilly is hankerin' for a pot of hot armadilly chili but her friends--tarantula Tex, bluebird Mackie, and horned Taffy the toad--have excuses for not helping her gather a boxful of beetles, pick a peck of peppers, and chop prickly pear cactus. No workin' with Billie, no sharin' the chili, is Miss Billie's retort when the smell of the bubbling chili brings her friends to her door, but the chili tastes flat until her buddies return bringing sacks of apologies and goodies; friends, it seems were the missing ingredient. Ketteman flavors the tale and message with plenty of pizzazz. Terry uses hot, intensely saturated, southwestern colors to spice the comedy, and embellishes each critter's characteristics with clever details, such as Tex's bolo tie. A surefire hit for the lap-sit crowd. --Julie Cummins Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Set in Texas and modeled after The Little Red Hen tale, Helen Ketteman's story (Albert Whitman, 2004) of friendship and sharing is beautifully illustrated in vivid cartoon artwork by Will Terry. When Miss Billie the armadillo asks her friends Tex the tarantula, Mackie the bluebird, and Taffy the horned toad to help her make her famous chili before the storm arrives, they all tell her that they are too busy to help, so she goes off alone to gather all of the ingredients. As soon as the chili is ready, Miss Billie's friends arrive and ask for some, but she turns them away because they didn't help her when she needed it. However, when the armadillo sits down to eat, the chili doesn't taste right because her friends aren't there to share it with her. Soon they return, each with a gift for dinner, and when they all sit down to eat the chili tastes just right. The pacing of this iconographic representation of the picture book is perfect, showing the entire picture then slowly panning to the character or item that is mentioned in the text. Ketteman reads the text at a pace that allows viewers time to take in the words and the pictures. On a few occasions, the background music is a bit too loud and almost overwhelms the narration. As a bonus feature, youngsters are treated to A Conversation with the Author at the end of the production. A sound choice for collections where picture book DVDs are popular.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.