The Foxy Armadillos
This daredevil Little Ray Children's Book adventure is sure to fire up pirate talk about armadillo landlubbers on land and in the sea. These 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. Meet these V. R. Duin creatures so you will recognize them when you see them sashaying in the water.
Meet These Unusual Creatures
Few people get to see these creatures of the night. Night watches also would be wasted on Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep at night.
Land-dwelling armadillos are mammals, like whales, porpoises and dolphins. Mammals have lungs and nurse their babies. They may look bald, but all of them have hair during part or all of their lifetime.
Stingrays, rays and sharks are made of cartilage. Armadillo landlubbers have less cartilage than shark family members. Cartilage binds parts together and facilitates bends and moves.
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.
Babies in a litter are of the same sex. They are called “pups”, like baby rays and sharks. Whales, dolphins and porpoises have “calves”. At birth, the pups' armor is soft, like baby stingrays' stingers.
Nine-banded females produce one egg. It splits into four babies. As with sharks, birth can be put on hold. Delaying delivery can avoid bad conditions and improve the pups' survival.
Like sharks, non-picky armadillos eat tasty morsels, dead or alive. They eat plants and animals. Some sharks also dine on plants. When these diners go after food, items of beauty may get destroyed.
Armadillos are fast on their feet. 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.
Long noses and trumpet-like ears do their navigating. Armadillos also have wiry hairs on their sides and bellies to feel their way around objects in the dark. Some people call these "curb feelers".
Rolled up, three-banded armadillo landlubbers are small-caliber, bullet-proof strong. Whale Sharks are similarly protected with their six-inch-thick skin. These survivors may deflect bullets.
It is hard to trap these animals. No bait proves to be successful at luring armadillos. Their large claws break out of traps. Since they don't make good pets, pirates keep parrots.
Backbones and skeletons give shape and protect inside body parts. Dolphins, porpoises, whales and armadillos have bones. Most fish have bones. Stingrays, rays and sharks have no bones.
Armadillo Landlubbers in Video
This reading 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.”