From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Expanding on the concept presented in Who Has These Feet? (Holt, 2011), this anatomical guessing game, illustrated in soft watercolors, allows readers to try to connect a tail to the correct animal. With a large font and generous white space, the opening spread for each animal asks, "Who has this tail?" while a large, detailed illustration shows only the tail in question. A page turn reveals the answer and a full-bleed spread of the animal in its habitat along with a fact about how it uses its tail. Various animals are featured, including a rattlesnake, a beaver, a spider monkey, and a horse, but all are a challenge to guess out of context on the white backgrounds. The concise information does a nice job of demonstrating the many different functions a tail can serve-a gerbil uses it for balance, while an Arctic fox uses it to stay warm. The book closes with a summarizing gatefold matching all the animals with their tails.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The creators of Who Has These Feet? (2011) follow up with a similarly engaging, if less successful, guessing game. The format is the same, with a close-up tail paired to the titular question in very large type, followed by a spread with views of the whole animal in a natural setting and a one-sentence description of the tail’s basic function. Most of the tails are easily recognizable, but some—spider monkey, gerbil, arctic fox—are more generic, and the impersonal pronoun used throughout the patterned text doesn’t really fit the line: “A peacock uses its tail to attract a mate.” Still, the painted art is clean of line and accurate in detail, the predictable design invites audience participation, and the double gatefold at the end serves double-duty as both a cap to the presentation and a recap gallery of the animals. Preschool-Grade 2. --John Peters