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Armadilly Chili Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Ketteman, Helen, Terry, Will (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0807504580     ISBN-13: 9780807504581
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
    OUR PRICE: $9.60  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: March 2008
Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: bl2008005731
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.75" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs) 29 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 78971
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall)
Those who consider "The Little Red Hen" too cold-hearted will welcome this revision, in which Billie Armadilly feels guilty about not sharing her chili with three friends who wouldn't help her make it. The twangy text ("No workin' with Billie, no sharin' the chili!") only rarely goes overboard. Despite the garish hues, the careful paintings capture the brooding mood and Texas setting. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 May)
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.