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Armadillo tattletale

by Ketteman, Helen.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
Available (7)
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Avalon Public Library Juvenile Oversize q J FIC KETT
Location  Avalon Public Library
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB KETTEMAN Helen
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB KETTEMAN Helen
Braddock Carnegie Library Picture Books P GROWING UP KET
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books qj Fic Ketteman
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J ANIM Kett
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  J ANIM Kett
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea KETTEMAN
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E KET
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  J E KET
"A busybody armadillo learns the consequences of eavesdropping and gossiping.... Graves' waggish illustrations...are painted in striking deep hues." - Kirkus Reviews "The animals are all indigenous to Louisiana and Texas, so the book could be used to give a lighter touch to a Southern/Southwestern U.S. unit, or, then again, it could be read aloud for just plain fun, which it definitely is." - School Library Journal
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-8. Minding your own business can be tricky. It's even tougher when ears take on the proportions of a satellite dish, as is the case in this original folktale. Armadillo's jackrabbit ears field whisperings like aerial antennas, but it isn't eavesdropping that gets him in trouble. It's repeating the gossip strangely askew that ticks off his "friends," who show their displeasure by refusing to let him take a drink of fresh water. A toothy gator eventually holds Armadillo accountable: he snips Armadillo's ears (and thus his hearing radius) down to size. The animals that first told the tales escape responsibility without a nibble. Ketteman, who deftly retold Cinderella with a masculine twang in Bubba, the Cowboy Prince (1997), sticks with a Lonestar staple here, the armadillo, but although this story has its moments, it doesn't quite live up to the Prince. --Kelly Milner Halls"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This pourquoi cum cautionary tale maintains that "in the bare bones beginning, Armadillo's ears were as tall as a jackrabbit's." Any time one prairie animal confides in another, Armadillo's burro-like listening devices can be seen protruding from a bush or desert rock, vibrating as they collect secret information. With an evident gleam in his squinty eyes, Armadillo then passes the hurtful news along. He doesn't desist until he tattles on Alligator, who "nipped and snipped and clipped at Armadillo's ears until there was nothing left but tiny, teeny, itsy, weenie little ears." Ketteman (Heat Wave) justifies the punishment by listing Armadillo's repeat offenses; each injured party throws "one humongous hissy fit," and each embarrassed gossiper gives Armadillo "the what-for and the how-come and the why-not," to no avail. Graves (Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance) provides earth-tone images of arid Texas grassland, populated by critters like Rattlesnake, Blue Jay and Muskrat. He styles the title character as an obsequious, elephant-gray coward, given to sniveling when confronted. Ketteman and Graves provide a comical folktale, especially relevant to little pitchers. Ages 5-10. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Armadillos -- Fiction.
Animals -- Fiction.
Gossip -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,2000
Contributors Graves, Keith.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0590997238
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