The foxy armadillos are shown with other wild and farm animals while giving farmers a nice surprise, displayed at 50% of viewport width.
March 2019 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)

The wild animal surprises from Little Ray offer reading enrichment and teach animal appreciation through real-world nature adventures for children.

Season of Change? Wild animals may not be as predictable as tame ones. During a beach or boating vacation, while camping at a park or in one's own backyard, it helps to learn how to react around them.

Breaking the Rules? Problems may be caused by nocturnal animals appearing during the day or by crazed, aggressive beasts. A bite or scratch can cause illness or harm. Most wildlife sightings are thrilling and rare.

The Seedy Side? Aggressive animals can turn thrill into disaster. People can survive attacks. Spreading and flapping coats, holding equipment overhead, yelling, screaming and throwing things make people seem dangerous.

The Next Act? Animals may be infected with rabies or other contagious diseases. Report problems to animal control officers, life guards or rangers. Fear, protective instinct and strength enable injured animals to attack.

Top Things Off? Animals compete for food and survival. A fish pond may attract hungry birds. Feathery friends may be pushed away by bird-eating cats, hawks or owls driven by the natural food chain.

Errata? Rattlesnakes are great swimmers. If bitten, stay calm and call poison control. Panicking worsens the damages. In the United States, call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Calm Before the Storm? Surprises are the nature of every beast. Carnivores on land and at sea are fast, strong and wily. They have claws, teeth and the ability to capture and eat meat. Their survival is guided by their own needs.

Teach Animal Appreciation

High Fidelity? Animals do their best to survive and raise their young. Bold seagulls and pigeons steal human food. Alligators are known to snatch the hand feeding them. The smell of food attracts animals.

Magical? Animals are major attractions at national, state and local parks. To volunteer, pursue a career or explore the wilderness through NPS, visit their Index. Families with fourth-graders can visit national parks for free.

On Demand? Rabbits are popular for backyard habitats. Bears, bobcats, foxes, jackals, porcupines, skunks or wolves may take over the rabbit patch. A bird feeder may lure raccoons, rats and squirrels.

Exchange? Human food may be bad for animals. Large quantities, the wrong types of food and the packaging are unhealthy for them. Freezing food wastes to eliminate odors may help prevent interference with their natural diets.

Toxic Waste? Plastic pollutants never disappear. They combine into strangulating snares. Consumed toxins within packaging destroy life from the inside. Not only is plastic hard to digest, it can be deadly.

Sour Orange? Hefty fines and tragedies come with unnatural feedings. In some states, it is illegal to feed dangerous animals or dispose of leftover food in a manner or recipient known to attract them.

Animal-Proof? Human life styles are unsafe for animals. They must retain fear to stay away from roads, airports and boating areas. Homeowners panic over wildlife in houses, pools, porches or garages.

Offer Reading Enrichment

Uncommon Thread? Animals remain on the lookout. They tend to be skittish of people. Lone hunters and those of constant prey are hard to spot or approach in the wild. Photographs and illustrations bring them into homes.

Rustic Retreat? Wildlife needs to stay wild. Visitors to wild habitats should observe posted warnings. Parks maintain information for enrichment and safety. Reading to children raises awareness about animals sharing our world.

On the Fly Fix? Safety bulletins should be explained to children. They may not appreciate animals after placing themselves in danger. Tours and tips inform people about their surroundings.

Holding Court? Development and recreation in wildlife areas bring people and animals together. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give tips for travelers to Be Safe Around Animals in the wild.

Contemplate Life Ride? On safari at parks, visitors come across rare animals. They might never again be experienced. Parks present facts about large and small animals that roamed lands and waters before people arrived.

Inside and Out? Beach guards know the risks of marine animals, tides and currents. They post warnings and stay equipped and trained to start rescue and treatment. Lifeguards are hired by amusement, state and federal parks.

Reverie Day? Children learn a lot about their place in the wildlife hierarchy. Food, fuel, shelter, medicine, water and other supplies and materials needed for human life originate in nature.

Nature Adventures for Children

Close-Up? It is not necessary to get up close and personal. The Foxy Armadillos provides fuel for conversation about wild animal appreciation, self-sustaining agriculture, loss of habitat and more.

Hill Crop? V. R. Duin saw her first armadillo after ten years in Florida. Few people are aware of armored Armadillo Landlubbers. These nocturnal mammals live in wild, forested areas.

Blown Away? Books carry readers closer to understanding behaviors and habitats. This window to nature may lead to career opportunities and sporting activities. Many people come to love the immense freedom of life in the wild.

Rainbow Bright? Negative consequences are not in Little Ray's books. Fly across the bay or confront sharks with Little Ray. Roll into dizzying animal surprises with the Foxy Armadillos. You'll be back in time for dinner.

What's News? Animals teach important life skills and lessons. There's no need to crash like Foxy Armadillos to learn slight changes can make huge differences. Children are empowered by stingrays and sharks.