by Matthew Van Fleet

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Tails are irresistible to toddlers, and in Matthew Van Fleet’s sturdy touch-and-feel board book, preschool-age pokers and prodders can finally tug to their heart’s content. Engaging, cartoonish animals from tigers to pangolins romp across the pages as the rhyming text bounces along: “Tails fluffy, / Tails stringy, / Scaled tails strong and—clingy!” Pull tabs, lift-able flaps, tufts of fur, and even a scratch-and-sniff skunk tail provide plenty of tactile surprises. Along the way, youngsters will learn about counting, opposites, and how animals use their tails. A tried and true tail-wagger!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328886859
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 20
Sales rank: 22,358
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 3 Years

About the Author

MATTHEW VAN FLEET has written and illustrated many books for children, including Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, which has sold more than a million copies. He lives in Chappaqua, New York.

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Tails 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books with moving parts that I've seen. It's been a year since we got this book and my four-year-old still has fun with it. I do too. It's cute. It explores familiar and exotic animal tails. The illustrations are funny. It even has a page with a stinky tail, but my son peeled that off before I got a chance to try it out. Despite this, its overall durability is pretty good. The pages and moving parts are thick. Oh, and the last page challenges kids to go back through the book to find the different numbers of animals from one through ten. Would definitely recommend this book as a gift.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Toy book with textures, foldouts, insets, even a scratch-and-sniff skunk tail (missing from the library book I read) to go with a rhyming text about animal tails. The colorful pictures show animals behaving unrealistically, but they're having fun and so is the reader / toucher and puller of pages. Children are much more interested in playing with the book than in the text. The book ends with names of all the animals shown and finally suggests going back to count the number of each type of animal. I have never heard of a pangolin.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Various animals tails, and their textures, are features. Includes moving parts.
UnadornedBook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Extremely sturdy, this book can stand up to curious hands. The story itself is not spectacular. But the high level of interactivity more than makes up for what the storyline lacks. You can experience the bumpiness of an alligator tail and the fuzziness of a tiger tail, you can even experience the stench of a skunk tail. It's sure to entertain your little ones, I recommend this book.
bdecossa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book describes many different kinds of tails. Some examples that are provided are: frisky, fluffy, stringy, scaled, strong, long, broad, slinky, small, and large. This is also a great book because the kids can touch and feel the different textures of tails.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The rhymes may not flow perfectly, but the special effects, (lift-the-flaps, pull tabs, textures, and peacock "bling") make up for any imperfections in cadence. The scratch-and-sniff skunk is irresistibly disgusting! Great fun for toddlers and toddler storytime.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Matthew van Fleet's work. He takes the touch-and-feel book to whole new levels with his artistry. This book is all about tails - shocking, I know - but the subject is secondary to the illustrations. He uses a combination of fabric patches and hair (like most touch-and-feel books), moving pieces like swishing tails, pull up and slide out tabs, scratch-and-sniff, and glittering metallic foil. Everything is tastefully joined with cute illustrations and simple rhyming text. The only down side is that it so clever and sweet, I don't like leaving it in my girl's room, board book or not. They are too curious and destroy it. I actually already bought a second copy. Now I keep it in the library and take it out to read with mommy's supervision. We all love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have two toddlers and they both enjoy listening to the story or just sitting on their own and going through each page. The illustrations and the different materials they used for the tails including tabs to pull entertain them. There are a variety of animals, some that are not seen at our zoo which broadens my children's world of animals.
HollyL More than 1 year ago
I and our grandson loved Heads so we had to get Tails. Interactive, it is a smaller book than Heads. Love the Peacock's colorful tail and he loves to feel the different textures of the animals tails. I am looking for more books by Matthew Van Fleet.
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My son loves this book and he's only one! I can't wait until he starts to read with me. It's a wonderful book. Kudos to Matthew Van Fleet! You can guarantee I'll be buying more from him.
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MC_0108 More than 1 year ago
My son who is 3 absolutely loved this book! He loved moving the tails! Very cute!
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"Tails" is a wonderful book for young minds. Even though it is recommended for ages 3-7 years, we bought it for our 7 month old daughter, and she loves it! She loves to feel the textured pages and watch the tails wag when the tabs are pulled. The colors are of the book are vibrant and eye-catching to even the youngest of children. We read "Tails" almost every day at our house. I think the book will be a great educational tool when my daughter is pre-school age. Not only will she learn the names of many animals, she will be able to practice her counting, too! I think I enjoy "Tails" as much as she does. I love to read it to her and watch her touch the tails. I think the front cover is her favorite. It is so bright and colorful! In addition to "Tails," we also have "Dog" by Matthew Van Fleet, and it is great, but I think my daughter likes "Tails" the best! I would highly recommend this book for ages much younger than 3 years old!
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winner12 More than 1 year ago
This was a gift to my grandson and his parents tell me he liked it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple little book with opportunity for youngster to touch varied textures. Worth the price.
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