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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – March 25, 2003
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The animals are rendered with great richness and depth by (if you look closely) beautiful torn-paper collages. It's so skillfully done by Steve Jenkins that all of the creatures are full of personality, and seem to live in a batik-cartoon world.
The riveting part is how there are so many animals that each have unusual stories revealed through fun and different and interesting body parts. This is not a "first animals" book at all. Rather it gains its fascination by showing how animals make so many different uses of their body parts, uses that go against what you first think.
For instance: A platypus uses its nose "to dig in the mud." But "[i]f you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath" [image of trunk squirting water back over elephant's head]. For ears, you learn that a jackrabbit uses its ears to keep cool, and crickets have ears on their knees. A chimpanzee can eat with its feet, and a gecko's feet are sticky so it can walk on the ceiling. And so on.
Engrossing and whimsical from page to page again and again. Just wonderful!
At the end of the book, a section includes a one-paragraph "bio" with additional details about each animal, with the rest of the story on the unique appendage. For example, the chimpanzee has some general description, and also this detail about how they eat with their feet: "Like people, they have an opposable thumb. Unlike us, thy also have an opposable big toe.Read more ›
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This is a excellent book for younger children. We all know that children love to ask question and are quite inquisitive about the world around them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Homeschool Mom Of Six
My kids love this book! Great for a little science lesson as well!Published 4 months ago by Tiffiny B.
It is exactly what I needed to teach a lesson with my Kindergarten class.Published 6 months ago by Welch
I bought this book for my grandchildren after observing a kindergarten class absorbed in its reading by their teacher. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Martha