The foxy armadillos and the farmers
March 2017 by V. R. Duin


It started out as simple play
That ultimately saved the day
For Ma and Pa, Sis, Boom, and Ba.
Even the farmers cheered, “Hurrah!”
(“The Foxy Armadillos”)

Animal surprises in Little Ray Children's Books provide reading enrichment and lead to wild animal appreciation.

To gain a sense of wild animal appreciation, it is not necessary to get up close and personal or experience unsafe wild animal surprises. For those who are located in armadillo, shark or stingray territory, these amazing animals do not intentionally appear. V. R. Duin had lived in Florida for a decade before she saw her first armadillo and began writing Little Ray Children's books for reading enrichment and wild animal appreciation. Armadillos are nocturnal animals that live in open or forested habitats. Their digging and burrowing can damage lawns and flower gardens. Wildlife and human populations are encountering each other more often today, due to new housing development in wildlife habitat areas. However, most critters prefer to go about their lives in places and at times when they are least likely to encounter people.

For most people, wildlife sightings are thrilling animal surprises. However, the damage caused by animals as they attempt to share our living space, quickly can turn thrill into irritation. People must be wary of animals that appear at unusual times or behave in an unusual manner. These animals should not be approached or handled, as a bite or scratch may result in serious illness or harm. Nocturnal animals that appear during the day or animals that act unusually friendly, crazed or aggressive may be infected with rabies or another contagious illness. Unusual animal surprises should be reported to animal control officers or to park rangers. Animals are an important attraction to many national, state and local parks. All animals are doing their best to make a living and raise their young, so they always should be left alone. If they move away from you, you are too close to them.

Developing wild animal appreciation and an understanding of their needs can help people accept animals and live in harmony with them. To minimize the risk of conflicts, people should never feed wild animals. In some states it is illegal to feed wild animals or to dispose of leftover food in a manner that attracts certain wild animals and creates a public nuisance of them. These unnatural feedings also exposes wild animals to quantities and types of food that may not be appropriate for them. The best way to enjoy wildlife is to keep it wild and living in balance with all other species. It also is important to remain alert to warning signs posted for safety and to seek out informational materials for reading enrichment. Many parks offer wild animal appreciation tours, safety tips and educational opportunities. These offer safe ways to view and learn about animals that roamed these protected lands and waters long before people arrived on the scene. For example, Yellowstone is home to large and small mammals, many of which are rare. On safari with professional Yellowstone permit holders, you are likely to spot a bear, elk, fox, lynx, moose, wolf or wolverine.

Books about animal appreciation also offer reading enrichment and carry readers closer to understanding wildlife behaviors and natural habitats. There are no negative consequences to the encounter in Little Ray's Children's books. Beaches, boating, swimming, flying and rolling adventures provide reading enrichment and lead to wild animal appreciation. There's no need to crash like the Foxy Armadillos into trellises or into foxes to discover that slight changes can make huge differences in our lives. Children can probe the mystique of rays, sharks and armadillos in Little Ray's Children's Books. While reading about Little Ray's animal surprises, children also learn a lot about their own place in our great world.

  • Yellowstone Wildlife Viewing
  • Yellowstone Safari Tours
  • Yellowstone Visitor Tours

    • Wild Animal Appreciation admin says:

      The Foxy Armadillos is a fun read that provides fuel for conversation with little ones about wild animal appreciation, self-sustaining agriculture, loss of habitat, small changes making huge differences, teamwork and much, much more!

    • Animal Surprises admin says:

      Fly across the bay and confront sharks with Little Ray, then roll into dizzying animal surprises with the Foxy Armadillos, and be back in time for dinner.

      • reading enrichmentadmin says:

        Reading to children creates reading enrichment and raises appreciation for the wild animals that share our world.