The foxy armadillos are shown with other wild and farm animals while giving farmers a nice surprise, displayed at 50% of viewport width.
March 2021 by Terry Verduin


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.

Wild Is Not Tame

Summit Style? Animals may not look as people expect them to look. They may be bigger or smaller than imagined. Looking at them through swim masks and binoculars may distort dimensions or colors.

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.

The Seedy Side? Vicious attacks turn thrill into disaster. People can survive attacks. Spreading and flapping coats, holding equipment overhead, yelling, screaming and throwing things signal a dangerous nature.

Unwelcome Surprises

The Next Act? Protective instinct and strength surge against fear. Animal control officers, life guards or rangers should be alerted about safety concerns. Wildlife carries rabies and other contagious diseases.

Animal Origin? Rabies was one of the first diseases to infect people from the animal kingdom. Many infectious diseases spread with the domestication of animals. There are no vaccines for many of these diseases.

Breaking the Rules? Problems may be caused by nocturnal species during the day. They may not appear crazed or aggressive. A bite or scratch can cause illness or harm. Most wildlife sightings are thrilling and rare.

Weather the Storm

Leashed Action? Dogs offer a sense of security. Canine companions bark or growl to sound an alert. Their acute senses of hearing and smell detect potential dangers. They should not be free to take action.

Errata? Rattlesnakes are great swimmers. Those bitten should stay calm and call poison control. Panicking worsens outcomes. In the United States, call the National Poison Control Center by phone 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. Claws and/or teeth sharpen abilities to capture and eat meat. Survival is guided by their needs.

Animal Needs

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

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 hungry invaders.

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

Human Safety

Holding Court? Development and recreation in wild areas bring people and animals together. The CDC published tips in Be Safe Around Animals. Venturing into the wild should begin and end with safety in mind.

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

Together Apart? Wild Animals should not be approached, picked up or cornered. They may lash out in fear. Baby animals should not be picked up or carried away from their location. An upset parent may be watching.

Food Problems

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

Breaking Bread? Bread is junk food. It can swell after ingestion. A high-calorie, low-nutrient diet sickens animals. Salty foods cause fluid retention, which increases the risks of heart failure, cancer and kidney disease.

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

Location Problems

Animal-Proof? Human lifestyles 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.

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.

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. Photos and drawings bring them into homes.

Nature Adventures for Children

Hill Crop? This writer saw her first armadillo after ten years in Florida. Few people are aware of armored Armadillo Landlubbers. These nocturnal mammals prefer wild, warm, forested, grassy or desert areas.

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

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

Parks & Beaches

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

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

Inside and Out? Beach guards know the risks of animals, tides and currents. They post warnings and stay equipped and trained to start rescue and treatment. Lifeguards work at amusement, state and national parks.

Learning Together

Guided Tours? Professionals avoid provoking, surprising or scaring animals. They keep visitors together and safe from wandering off the trail, especially after dark. They are alert to animal tracks and other tell-tale signs.

Animal Lessons? Animals teach us to be better people. They clean themselves for good hygiene. They are confident, without taking themselves too seriously. They heed their instincts, while making playtime.

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, squirrels and their predators.

Offer Reading Enrichment

Rainbow Bright? No negative consequences come in Little Ray Children's Books. Readers fly across the bay, confront sharks and roll into dizzying Foxy Armadillo surprises. They're home in time for dinner.

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.

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