What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

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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).

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Overview

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).

A 2004 Caldecott Honor Book

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Editorial Reviews

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

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

Publishers Weekly
Steve Jenkins contributes another artistically wrought, imaginatively conceived look at the natural world. What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Jenkins and wife Robin Page, stages a guessing game. Illustrated with Jenkins's trademark cut-paper art, one spread will show animals' tails (or noses, ears, etc.) as text asks variations of the titular question; turn the page, and the whole bodies of the animals are shown as answers are supplied ("If you're a lizard, you break off your tail to get away"; "If you're a scorpion, your tail can give a nasty sting"). Four pages of illustrated endnotes deliver meaty profiles of the 30 featured creatures. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In a fascinating informational question and answer text, the authors ask, "What do you do with" a nose, ears, tail, eyes, feet, or a mouth "like this"? Arrayed around the double-page spreads are Jenkins' collage renderings of five different types of the body part under discussion. Mouth differences are explored, for instance, with a pelican scooping fish, an anteater capturing ants, an archerfish shooting its prey, a snake swallowing an egg, and a mosquito sucking blood. Jenkins uses cut-paper collage to good effect here, delineating the different animals with small touches that make each critter stand out. He doesn't miss the articulated mosquito feelers or the toenails on a chimpanzee, either. Edges manage to capture hair, fur, feathers, carapaces, exoskeletons, and the different textures of an animal's outside with uncannily accurate depictions. This is one of those cases where collage seems just right for the subject and its many nuances. The informational aspect of the book is further enhanced with a substantive paragraph, at the book's conclusion, of information about each of the thirty animals mentioned. This is a perfect choice for talking with preschoolers about similarities and differences and an essential introduction to any second through fourth grade animal units because it teaches readers to be sharper observers of any animal's features and how the animal can use that feature. It is a welcome companion to Jenkins' other thoughtful examination of animal patterns, Slap, Squeak, and Scatter: How Animals Communicate. 2003, Houghton Mifflin,
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Colorful cut-paper collages provide glimpses of the noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet of different creatures, showing that each one uses these body parts in a unique and fascinating manner. Combining a guessing game with factual tidbits, the text offers an attention-grabbing introduction to animal physiology. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Five examples of each organ thrusting in from beyond the pages' edges for each "What do you do" question precede spreads in which the point of view pulls back to show the whole animal, with a short accompanying caption. Visual surprises abound: a field cricket's ears are actually on its legs; a horned lizard can (and does, here) squirt blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism; in an ingenious use of page design, a five-lined skink's breakable tail enters and leaves the center gutter at different points. Capped by a systematic appendix furnishing more, and often arresting, details-"A humpback whale can be 50 feet long and weigh a ton per foot"-this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618256280
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/25/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 126,799
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.02 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet 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, and their children.

Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating children’s books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    TOPS OUR LISTS AS A FAVORITE!

    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!

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Great book - for all ages

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Fun and instructive!

    This book is cleverly and nicely presented. My daugther and I learned plenty of things reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Love this book!

    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.

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