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The Armadillo from Amarillo

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When an armadillo named Sasparillo wants to know where on earth he is, he leaves his home in San Antonio and travels north through the canyons and prairies of Texas. In Amarillo he meets an eagle and, with her help, finds the answer to his question—as well as lots of adventures.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published March 31st 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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Alexandra Chauran
Cute story about an armadillo that flies high above the earth to gain a reference point of his small town on the planet. This one was perfect timing for my preschooler, who is learning her place in North America. It would be especially relevant to Texans, obviously.
Great book for the younger ones learning about where they are in the universe. Literally takes them through a town/city,state, country, continent, planet, solar system, galaxy, universe. Also teaches a bit about space, armadillos, and Texas. Nice book.
Reading aloud to 35 elementary school kids was a little to monotonous with rhyme.
Nancy (Colorado)
Used for a writing lesson but have also used for map skills.
Jillian Reed
This cute adventurous story follows a armadillo in Amarillo who wants to see where he is. His friend the eagle takes him up into space so he can see all the different types of components that he lives within like Amarillo is in the united states which is the northern hemisphere of the planet which is one out of nine.
This is a book I must have picked up a hundred times before and have never gave a solid read. I really like this book. Unexpectedly, it was a great book on geography. It has an environmental twist, of course, but the whole point of the book was Armadillo figuring out where he fit in the world.
Where am i wonders the armadillo as he wanders through the cities and hills, the valleys, and plains, and flys through the sky, only to learn that he is in amarillo texas, united states in north america, on earth. he writes home to tell them of his adventures.
He's an armadillo from Amarillo (reminds me of a puppet show I saw at Six Flags Over Texas many years ago). With Sasparillo, we travel around Texas to Austin, San Antonio and Amarillo. We also see the US and ultimately the Earth. The illustrations are gorgeous! =)
Sandy Brehl
Inspired, as all Lynne Cherry titles are. The story is a delight, and the images Armadillo gains of his place in the world, from an ever-distancing perspective, are informative, breathtaking, and moving.
Saying armadillo from Amarillo tickles the tongue as he travels around the state of Texas. A fun book for all ages. The environment issues are low key and the factual info in the back is good.
This book is adorable and also very educational. It's told in rhyme, which makes it fun to read out loud. An excellent tool for teaching children about Texas geography.
Tangerine Hart
if you are looking for a story to impart some geography skills, this book could help. It is a staple in my classroom.
really pretty art. only book writtn by an armadillo that i know of. helps to care about texas.
Great illustrations, rhyme and overall story (largely in the form of postcards).

The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry (1994)
Who cares about Texas?
Jobiska (Cindy)
Great illustrations.
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