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Tails Board book – October 1, 2003

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The most fascinating part of an animal, in the minds of many young children, is the tail. Not only do kids lack such appendages, they've been told that, as tempting as they are to yank on, tails are not to be touched. Fortunately, this charming, texture-rich board book (with patches of real fake fur!) is the next best thing. A vast menagerie of cartoonish critters play and scamper around the pages of Matthew Van Fleet's Tails sporting tails of all types: bumpy alligator tails, fuzzy tiger tails, and even slightly stinky scratch-and-sniff skunk tails. Children can pull the tabs to make some of the tails wag or swish. The story line is minimal, as animals lounge about playing with one another and generally having good-natured fun. Catchy rhyming verse ("Tails fluffy, tails stringy, scaled tails strong and clingy. Tails long. Tails stumpy, pulling tails makes snoozers grumpy") keeps the action moving along and encourages young readers eager to turn the page. Shoddy construction can often spell doom for lift-the-flap and touch-and-feel children's books but Tails is every bit as well-designed as it is well-written and illustrated. (Preschool) --John Moe

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"A waggish survey of the animal world's very own happy endings."
(Parenting Magazine 2003-10-01)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Ltf edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152167730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152167738
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. McCarthy VINE VOICE on January 23, 2004
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My 15 month old daughter received this book for Christmas, and it is AWESOME. She already liked the traditional "touch & feel" books, and "Tails" is a big step up.
The story is a limited verbage, rhymey discussion of different types of tails. It has elements of the basic touch & feels - different furry tails and bumpy tails, but it goes even further. It has a flip out page with a BIG peacock tail that has shiny/sparkly circles to touch (my daughter's favorite), a pull-up tab with tails on each side, and 2 pull tabs that "wag" tails. There is also a "scratch n sniff" stinky skunk tail, but to be honest, we've never actually tried that one!
The illustrations are colorful and fun, with friendly animals to engage your child.
This book is quite sturdy. The pages aren't the board book pages, but sort of a double layer of cardstock - very solid. The tabs to pull are thick, not flimsy. We did have trouble with one of the tails that wags, a pig's tail that has a thin tail with a poof at the end, because my daughter tugged it several times and ripped the poof off. Fortunately, there is still enough tail to go "swat, swat, swat".
This is a really fun book that reads fast, has lots of page turning, and something new and fun on each page. It really captures my daughter's attention. Sometimes she grabs "Tails" and shoves it at me to read to her, and sometimes she sits down with it and "reads" it to herself. We spend a LOT of time with this book.
I'm buying some more of these books to give as gifts, and recommend this books as a BUY for everyone!
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This is my sons (11 months) favorite book out of his large and extensive library. I had to reorder it as he destroyed all the tails and pages in the first one.

Just received the new one today. Everything was the same except the peacock tail!!!
The first book -not from amazon - had a crinkly blue shiny material... It crinkled and made a little noise when u touched it.

The new one is just a shiny blue ink.... Nothing to crinkle! And that was his favorite part since it was the only part he was unable to destroy.

He will be sadly disappointed with the new peacock, and I'm sure he would want you all to know
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Who among us has not spent long times mesmerized by a cat's tail? How fascinating they are to watch. I agree with the previous comments: this book, Tails, will wag the dog in all of us.
If my grandchildren and those of my friends are representative, Matthew Van Fleet is fast becoming a collectible author. Throughout his growing little family of educational, cleverly-illustrated books--One Yellow Lion, Spotted Yellow Frogs, Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, and now, Tails--is the theme of surprise. Behind every number, under every stone, beneath every innocent-looking shape lurks the possibility that things aren't always what they seem. After repeated readings--and you WILL often hear "read again!"--your children will love scoring points on you by knowing the secrets in advance and by demonstrating their newfound learning.
Being read to is the coziest of feelings, and these are the sort of books that bind reader and child such that they may forever summon from memory the original emotion. I think, years from now, when teenagers, young parents, mid-lifers and retirees like me dust off copies of their first books and thumb lovingly through the pages, that these Van Fleets will often be among those treasures, for they will have left the same heartprints that now whisper the names and bring back the faces and voices of those who read to me so long ago--grandparents, parents, big sisters--and that reignite that wonderful glow of child-warmth that has not gone from us, after all.
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My 18 month daughter loves this book! It shipped quickly. She loves that each page contains a different feature, some have touch and feel aspects, others you life a flap and other pages having moving parts.
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I bought this for my 11 month old daughter when she had become obsessed with Pat The Bunny. I was looking for another "Touch and Feel" style book. This book has several furry tails, levers one can pull to move cardboard tails, as well as a couple of pull out slides and one scratch and sniff sticker. My daughter is particularly fond of a couple of the furrier tails, and she enjoys it when I tug the levers to move the cardboard tails.

I can recommend this book without reservation, but my daughter does prefer a couple of other books we've gotten for her, such as Pat the Bunny and others. Perhaps she will like this one more as she grows older. Right now it entertains her, but it's not her favorite.

The book is sturdy and well-made, but my toddler requires supervision when playing with it lest she rip it apart.
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We've been reading Tails in our house for over 4 years and it's one of my children's favorite books. We love discovering the silly things the animals are doing on each page. The language is accessible enough that kids will quickly pick up on rhymes and start to repeat them. My only criticism of the book is that the pages have a tendency to become detached from the spine. My original copy of Tails is pretty much held together by tape at this point, but that hasn't stopped me from buying multiple copies as presents over the years.
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