The Foxy Armadillos
This daredevil armadillo children's book is sure to fire up pirate talk about armadillo landlubbers on land and in the sea. Cannon-ball-sized armadillos are anything but boring.
Riveting action and alien-looking creatures turn child play into an opportunity to perform true heroism. Armadillos mostly appear at night. They are not from another galaxy.
Fast moves and group efforts save a farm family's home and bring friends up to speed with this unusual animal. Animals teach life skills and lessons in adaptability.
There's no need to crash like Foxy Armadillos to learn slight changes can make huge differences. Learn about these V. R. Duin creatures. You may see them sashaying in water.
Meet These Unusual Creatures
Armadillos are mammals, like whales, porpoises and dolphins. Mammals have lungs and nurse their babies. They may look bald, but they have hair during part or all of their lifetime.
Most fish use inside swim bladders to go up or down. Armadillos sink or float with stomach and intestine gas. Water-going armadillos hold their breath for six minutes. People may last for two.
Armadillo babies in a litter are of the same sex. They are called “pups”, like baby rays and sharks. At birth, the pups' armor is soft, like baby stingrays' stingers.
As with sharks, armadillo birth can be put on hold. Delaying delivery can avoid bad conditions and improve the pups' survival.
Non-picky armadillos eat plants and animals, dead or alive. As with sharks, when these diners go after food, items of beauty may get destroyed.
Armadillos are fast. Like members of the ray family, they prefer to flee. Why hide or curl into balls? They move faster than most rays. Their speed bursts rival some sharks.
In addition to sensitive noses and ears, armadillos have wiry hairs on their sides and bellies to aid navigation in the dark. Some people call these "curb feelers".
Armadillo Landlubbers in Video
This video cracks open the grit behind a foxy armadillo ambush. Few of the words, but all of the animations, were developed from illustrations in the book, which is available here. (47 seconds)
“Ideas come while playing, when our minds are straying, while in a friendly group, or away from our troop. Great things start out as fun, then get used by everyone. When we keep an open mind, great things are ours to find.”