What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page


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A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618256280
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/25/2003
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 432,697
Product dimensions: 9.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page.

Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. She has worked on numerous bestselling and award winning titles, including Caldecott Honoree What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?. Along with writing and illustrating children’s books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book.” School Library Journal, Starred

“…this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art.” Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

“Jenkin’s cut–paper collage illustrations are, as usual, ingenious and remarkable in their clarity, their several components neatly articulating the anatomy of their subjects.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Steve Jenkins contributes another artistically wrought, imaginatively conceived look at the natural world.” Publishers Weekly

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a non-fiction book about animals and how they use their body parts. Used to compare and contrast animals.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love it- great read aloud, wonderful pictures and good amount of white space. Storytime must!
GI142984 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells about different animal¿s body parts and what they use them for. The beginning of every other page is a question (i.e. what do you do with a nose like this?") and then on the same page has different pictures of an animal's nose then the next page will show the animal the nose belongs to and gives an example of what it's used for. The last few pages of the book shows all the animals and gives information about each individual animal/insect. This books was so much fun to read to children, they liked to guess what animal the body part belong to before I turned the page. I enjoyed it myself and even learned a couple things; I never knew that a cricket had ears on its KNEES!! It¿s a great informational book and I would recommend using it for class when learning about animals. Its illustrations are also magnificent!In the classroom after reading this book, children can look up other kids of animals and make a mini-book of What do you do with a tail like this? Another idea would be having a child pick an animal out of the book and doing a small research over the animal and presenting it to the class with a poster board.
mchristman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of an informational book because it shows all the different ways that animals use different parts of their bodies. Many of the examples are not uses that we would normally think of.Age Appropriateness: Primary/ Intermediate
gkuhns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The structure of this book--each page presents a tiny mystery--and the exceptional cut-paper illustrations help it to achieve that oh so unattainable goal: it makes learning fun. The book offers pictures of different body parts and then asks readers to guess what animal it belongs to and what it does. On the next page, the mystery is solved. Thus, we learn that crickets have ears on their knees and that there is an animal named the Blue-footed Booby. This is a delightful book to read aloud to younger elementary students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
purchased this book for my three year old little boy because he is really into animals right now. he loved this book from the first page to the last! he loved guessing which animal was which and he LOVED reading about each animal in the back of the book! i highly recommend this book!
sjmom More than 1 year ago
My son, who is not quite 2 years old, loves this book and will make us read it to him over and over again. He can already name most of the animals, like platypus and hyena, which is pretty amazing. It's simply presented but very educational. We enjoy reading the animal facts at the end of the book. I've learned so much myself! I'm not sure what it is about this book that captivates his attention but I'm eagerly looking for more similar books by these authors. This book was a pleasant surprise for us. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is cleverly and nicely presented. My daugther and I learned plenty of things reading it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an instant favorite with my 2 year old boys as well as myself. The illustrations are beautiful. The book combines intrigue with science and makes for a must read over and over again for the whole family.