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Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails Hardcover – September 15, 1988


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688075363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688075361
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS Tafuri's familiar style of animal drawing is set off to good advantage here by generous amounts of white background, which give the book a refreshingly crisp look. In an easy question-and-answer format, children are asked to identify various animals from various portions of their anatomy, such as, ``What has a bill?'' Each answer is provided on a large two-page spread. Older children may prefer similar books such as Beau Gardiner's Guess What (Lothrop, 1985) or Eric Carle's perennial favorite, Do You Want to Be My Friend? (Crowell, 1971), but the littlest are sure to enjoy Tafuri's latest gift to them. Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This barnyard tour will have its audience crowing with delight as they study the big, bold paintings of the animals and birds. "An ideal book for the beginning reader to entertain a younger sibling in a game they'll both enjoy. A natural for toddler story-hour collections." -- Horn Book.


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Nancy Tafuri is probably best known as the creator of Have You Seen My Duckling?, a 1985 Caldecott Honor Book described by Parent's Choice as "beautifully precise yet emotionally affecting." Trained as a graphic designer, Tafuri has authored more than 45 books over 30 years for the very young.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 28, 2005
Format: Library Binding
I don't know if you're familiar with the New York Public Library's, "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know" list or not. I'll assume not. Every year the system revamps those picture books that it feels are necessary additions to your three-year-old's literary canon. Most of these make a lot of sense. Books like "Where the Wild Things Are", "Goodnight Moon", and "Click Clack Moo" are American staples. Then you get to some of the more questionable choices. I've little doubt that I would never have discovered "Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails", had it not appeared on this list. I'll mention that the idea that this is a book every child "should" know is questionable at best. Still, it's a nice and very basic book covering farm animal body parts in a straightforward manner. Your small children will have a hard time resisting the clear pictures, matter-of-fact writing, and baby animals. Your large adults may feel the same way.

The book is formatted so that on the left-hand page we receive a question. The first one in the book is, "What has spots?". Because this is an open-ended question (the answer could be anything from Dalmatians to kids with measles) there's a section of a farm animal artfully displayed on the opposing page. Turn the page and there stands the whole animal with an explanation like, "A cow has spots". Pretty straightforward. In this manner kids learn that chickens have feathers, pigs have curly tails, a horse has a mane, a duck has a bill, a bull has horns, and that all these animals live on a farm in the country. Author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri has chosen to depict each and every one of these animals in very clear watercolors and black pen outlines. Each animal is realistic enough to be recognized by small children in real life.
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