K-Gr 1-Schafer's first foray into fiction writing doesn't match the quality of her nonfiction work. While searching for his lost appendage, Little Lizard encounters various forest animals with special tails of their own. At the story's end, he discovers that his tail will not only fall off if seized by an enemy but that it will also grow back. Facts overwhelm the thin plot, and the narrative is somewhat stilted. The final page has additional information on each of the animals' tails and what makes them unique. Cushman's use of browns, greens, and grays works well in depicting the forest world of Little Lizard. Alert readers can watch his tail growing as the story progresses toward its happy ending. Better books include Hana Machotka's Terrific Tails (Morrow, 1994; o.p.), Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's What Good Is a Tail? (Penguin, 1994), and Peg Hall's Whose Tail Is This? (Picture Window, 2004).-Catherine Callegari, San Antonio Public Library, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.