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Armadilly Chili (Albert Whitman Prairie Books (Paperback)) Paperback – January 1, 2004 by Helen Ketteman (Author)

It’s a cute book about Miss Billie making Armadilly Chili. I was hoping it was going to rhyme more since that’s what I assumed while reading the title. (I’m trying to read as much rhyming as possible for my students. _ But it doesn’t. It does mention a toad (which looks like a lizard), and a tarantula (even though the monarch butterfly is Texas’ official state insect). My students (Pre-K) didn’t really like this book too much and we decided to make our own story about an armadillo who’s friends were the Mocking Bird, Monarch Butterfly, a Longhorn, and a bat. Check it out!

From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 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, TXCopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Armadilly Chili (Albert Whitman Prairie Books (Paperback)) Paperback – January 1, 2004 by Helen Ketteman (Author) Review

An adorable version of the classic "who will help the hen" tale, with lovely illustrations! -Read Reviews-

Billy Armadilly is making chili to warm everybody up, but her friends are too busy to help. She is determined not to share her chili with them since they didn’t help, but it just isn’t the same without them. When her friends show up with food to go with the chili and an apology for not helping they all enjoy a great meal together. This book has beautiful illustrations. It teaches about friendship with a different twist on the old story of The Little Red Hen. I bought this book used and it was in great condition.

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