Tails

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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!

Rhyming text, textured illustrations, lift-up flaps, and scratch-and-sniff spots teach about animal names, shapes, colors, and numbers, one to ten.

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Editorial Reviews

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From the creator of the popular Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings comes this adorable interactive book about different kinds of animal tails! With soft textures for young readers to feel, flaps to open, pull-tabs, and other tail-oriented elements, Matthew Van Fleet delivers a funny, eye-catching read featuring his comical artwork. Smily-faced tigers play with shimmery-plumed peacocks on one spread, while readers can move frisky foxes' tails with a pull of the tab. "Tails long, Tails stumpy, Pulling tails makes snoozers -- grumpy!" shows panda bears frolicking in trees with silly monkeys, and "Tails cool, Tails hot, Tails swishing -- swat, swat, swat!" has a bunch of peppy pigs swishing away flies and lazing in a pond. And with a smelly scratch and sniff skunk's tail, a dazzling fold-out spread of all the animals (plus a blue whale), and a final spread of ten animals that van Fleet challenges readers to go back and find, this interactive read is sure to get kids wagging their tongues for Tails!
Parenting Magazine
"A waggish survey of the animal world's very own happy endings."
Publishers Weekly
Spotted through a die-cut window forming the letters of this book's title, the furry tails of a tiger and bush baby and the bumpy tails of an alligator and a pangolin number among the seven textures little fingers can touch in this lively look at animal appendages. Sturdy pages feature friendly, frisky creatures interacting-and flaps and tabs encourage youngsters to do the same. A pull of a tab makes two young foxes' tails wag; a lift of a flap reveals the shimmering, Mylar-enhanced fanned-out feathers of one deservedly proud peacock, owner of the volume's most dazzling tail. Other child-pleasing pages include a pull-tab showing two tiny alligators hatching from eggs, displaying their "tails new"; and a pair of pages that open to reveal a whale of a tail, in fact "The biggest tail of all!" The entire cast poses atop the smiling mammal with their species labeled. A final spread offers a counting game, challenging readers to search the pages for two tigers, three foxes, four pandas, etc. Youngsters will hardly realize how much they're learning in this entertaining and eye-catching caper. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In a most creative book, readers are introduced to a variety of tails. Fuzzy striped tiger tails, rough scratchy tails, leathery, scaly and even feathered tails. The die cut opening on the cover exposes a few of the tails featured on the inside. The opening spread includes a large flap which, when opened, shows off a peacocks tail in its entire splendor. Some tails we learn stand up, others drag on the ground and for those that wag there is a pull-tab to make them move from left to right. Some tails swish to chase away flies others can be smelly like that of a skunk (there is a scratch and sniff spot). The final spread shows the animals with their names and a number. Throughout the book there is a variety of animal tails and opportunities for interaction through tabs, and flaps. Kids can count, learn some animal facts and just have a laugh as they marvel over the diversity that nature provides. 2003, Red Wagon Books/Harcourt, Ages 2 to 5.
— Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152167738
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 78,475
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Van Fleet

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2010

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    We Love Matthew Van Fleet in Our House!

    "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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Great fun and good durability

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Great book...need to buy it!

    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.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Had to have it!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2010

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    Wonderful book!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2010

    GREAT CHILDREN'S READING BOOKS !

    MY SON LOVE'S VAN FLEET BOOK WHICH IS HARD FOR ME TO SAY BECAUSE ONLY BOOK MY SON LOVED TO READ BEFORE HARRY POTTER WAS - KIDS DREAM BIG & HAKIM AND TERRACNCE SHADOW MYSTERY BY BERNADINE FEAGINS . THANKS SKYWAREK!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2010

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    Love it

    My son who is 3 absolutely loved this book! He loved moving the tails! Very cute!

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    great gift

    This was a gift to my grandson and his parents tell me he liked it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    cute little book for very young child

    Simple little book with opportunity for youngster to touch varied textures. Worth the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    very nice book for touching

    I bought this book for my 8 months old daughter. She loves to turn pages, touch different textures and move flip-flap parts of the book. In a few months we'll learn about animals through this book. Also there is counting lesson there.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Wonderful!

    I read this to my grandson every time he visits. He likes all of the different textures and the push and pull pages. His favorite is the "shiney" peacock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    Tails is a great children's book.

    This book is a delight for children and the person reading it to the child. It is one of my granddaughter's favorite books. She likes us to read it over and over. She enjoys touching the different textured tails and looking at the animals. I would definitely buy more books of this style and type.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

    Good for toddlers!

    This book is great tactile fun for kids two and over. My one and a half year old loves it too, but she is able to pull out some of the moving parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

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    Fun for kids and parents!

    My daughter received this book for Christmas when she was 21 months old, and it was an instant hit. We are also fans of Matthew Van Fleet's other books, Dog and Alphabet, and Tails did not disappoint. The animals are cute, and the drawings are clever with new surprises on every page. As a parent, I appreciate that the book is filled with recognizable animals as well as a few unique ones.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    My daughter just loves that cute book.

    That book is so cute for little readers. It isn't falling apart, even when they turn pages again and again. Our daughter loves to explore every single page, and to feel the different textures. It is one of her favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Favorite Book

    My son got this for his first birthday and has loved it!! He is now 2 and still enjoy's reading it and some of it he can do on his own. He has read it so much we actually have to replace the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A reviewer

    My son was given this book when he was born, and at 7 years old, he still wants to read it (but now on his own). Incorporates animals, touch and feel, numbers, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Nightly Favorite

    My sister gave this book to my son as a Christmas present recently. He's 19 months old, and loves it! The story is short and catchy, and its interactive 'kids can wag tails by pulling tabs'. The skunk scent is a little too authentic, so we've learned not to scratch that area too much. I even learned about some new animals, like the pangolin and bushbaby. Excellent book for toddlers! This book would make a great 1st or 2nd birthday gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    Fun book for toddlers

    My boy loves having this book read to him and laughs at all the tails.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    My 2 Year Old's FAVORITE!!!

    This book is wonderful! We actually have to force our 2-year old to let us read something else on occassion because he picks this book out every night. The book is fun, has a good rhythm, and helps with counting skills. The best thing is that it is built to last. There are several pages that contail 'wagging' tails and it is built to withstand small children tugging and playing with all the different pages.

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