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Author: Beth Fielding

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Publisher: EarlyLight Books, an Imprint of Charlesbridge,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This well illustrated book looks at the tails of mammals, insects, reptiles, and fish. Through words and illustrations, readers explore tails and their functions. For example, most critters have tails but the appendages are quite different physically, as is how the animal uses it. There is some interesting trivia and a few experiments children can try. This nonfiction picture book offers scientific information and then gives kids a chance to use the knowledge.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 7 and up

Interest Level: 5 and up

Reading Level: 3.5

Age of Child: Read with a group of second-grade students, ages 6 to 8.

Young Reader Reaction: I let a friend of mine share this book with her class of second graders and they really loved it,

Adult Reader Reaction: I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about how animals use their tails. There was a lot of information that I had never read before.

Pros: Lots of great photography, fun facts, and a chance for kids to experiment with the functions of tails make this perfect for fun reading, in the classroom or for home schooling.

Cons: None, really. I only wished it covered more creatures.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It's fun to read and explore.

If You Liked This Book, Try: KERSPLATYPUS   LITTLE SKINK'S TAIL   EXTREME ANIMALS: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Educational Themes: Lots of nonfiction picture books provide information, what sets this one apart is that kids can try out and "test" the function of different animal tails.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals, nature, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2011

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at and


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