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The Armadillo from Amarillo

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  121 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
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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Billy Noecker
Sarsparillo is an armadillo that wants to know where he is in the world. He tours through Texas. When he gets to Amarillo he gets help from the Eagle to answer his questions of where he is. The adventure continues until he finally realizes that he wants to go back home. Great story for kids, with the beautiful pictures to go along with. Excellent book to be utilized with a science or social studies unit.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So cute and original. Loved this book!!
Leslie Miller
Gets off topic a bit.....
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little Armadillo from Texas decides to take a trip to find out where in the world he actually is. He starts out on foot, mailing postcards back to his cousin in the zoo in Texas. He travels across plains to cities, further out, meets an eagle who lets him fly higher to see further, onto a rocket ship to go higher, etc.

The words are rhyming, keeping interest of the kids, very lyrical to read aloud. Each 2-page spread has great illustrations.

This book is obviously most interesting if you are f
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't my favorite children's book ever, but it was pretty cute. My favorite part of the whole thing was the post cards they sent back and forth to each other! It was freaking adorable!! I loved what Brillo finally wrote back at the end! It was the perfect way to end the book. I did enjoy the rhyming that took over the pages it kept the book moving fast paced. For me the reason it didn't get four or five stars it just didn't have anything special about it that set it apart from any other chil ...more
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.
The Armadillo from Amarillo
Cherry, Lynne
Where am i wonders the armadillo as he wanders through the cities and hills, the valleys, and plains, and fly 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.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-books
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.
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.
Dalton Dettbarn
This is a really good book for children.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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.
Reading aloud to 35 elementary school kids was a little to monotonous with rhyme.
Tangerine Hart
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if you are looking for a story to impart some geography skills, this book could help. It is a staple in my classroom.
Jun 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Who cares about Texas?
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.
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great illustrations, rhyme and overall story (largely in the form of postcards).

Nancy (Colorado)
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Used for a writing lesson but have also used for map skills.
Leslie Zinsmeister
Grade: 5th
Topic: Location, climates
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: texas
really pretty art. only book writtn by an armadillo that i know of. helps to care about texas.
Jobiska (Cindy)
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great illustrations.
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