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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

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Title:What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
Authors:Steve Jenkins
Other authors:Robin Page
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2003), Edition: None, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Nonfiction, Picture Book, Illustrations, Collage, Animals, Adaptations, Senses, Questioning, Mentor Texts, Writing Expository Text, Organizational Strategies, Caldecott Honor Book

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins (2003)



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This book provides useful information about different types of animals and their tails. While the reader is forced to predict which part belongs to which animal, the book combines colorful pictures with a guessing game to teach about different body parts of animals and how they vary. For example, the book is not just about tails, but also ears, eyes, mouths and even noses. Not to mention, each time the book answers which part belonged to which animal, it also explains how that specific animals uses its body part uniquely. “An elephant uses its trunk for a bath.” I very much enjoyed this story because it was simple, yet informational and made me guess what the pictures meant before I could know the answer. “ what do you do with a nose like this?” There is also a glossary included in the back that reviews all the animals and how they use their body parts. This is a very interactive component of the book and truly grabs the attention of the reader because of its straightforwardness and variety of animals. The central message of the book is to inform readers of the different way animals use their body parts while also testing their prior knowledge. I approve! ( )
  EllieCoe | Sep 21, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a very informational book, especially to young readers. I liked it because it had simple language and it had great illustrations. This book explained ways that animals can use their senses on different parts of their bodies. The language of the book was very clear because the words were not too difficult for young readers. The illustrations in the book helped the reader identify which animal the author was talking about when it said for example, "what do you with eyes like these?" (picture of a snake head), and then it would say the snake did, and so on. The purpose of this book is to educate its readers on different animals and what they can do with their body parts. ( )
  BrianaFries | Sep 18, 2015 |
I liked this book because it was informative and grabs the reader’s attention through the variety of illustrations. The language is comprehendible for younger readers and the data is organized in a way where it is not overwhelming but still educational.

This book is organized in a way where young readers can learn new information about different animals without having to read a boring textbook. Each page shows a body part of the animal and asks the reader to guess who it belongs to following a full image of the animal with some facts. Readers become curious as to what is going to happen on the next page and provides knowledge in a simple and effective way. The author also includes questions to enable critical thinking. The word choice the author uses is suitable for children that are improving their reading skills because it is not too difficult and still provides images to support the text. Most non-fiction books are formulated in a way where there is text covering the whole page but this book has short sentences scattered throughout the page. The end of the book has more facts on each animal to support what was said throughout the book.

The main message of this book is to educate young readers on the topic of animals. It can be used as a supporting text for a lesson regarding animals or for pleasure in a read-aloud. ( )
  XiomaraGonzalez | Sep 13, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading the nonfiction picture book, What Do You Do With A Tail Like This? Due to the fact that it is nonfiction, it includes text features in the back of the book. Throughout the story, several animals are mentioned, but it does not go into detail about them. However, at the end of the book there are pages that include a paragraph with extra facts about each animal revealed. An example would be how the story mentions a giraffe, so at the end there is a paragraph with facts about giraffes. This contains that they live in the Savannah, can be up to nineteen feet tall, and eat leaves off the tops of trees. I think this is really helpful for the reader because they establish a better understanding of the animals. Also, the story is organized very well. It repeats by asking the question, “What do you do with,” but changes the body part. The next page then shares the pictures of the different animals and what exactly the body part does for that animal. Also, the text is organized to relate to the picture. When talking about the lizards tail, the text is long and curved, mimicking how the lizard’s tail is in the picture. I believe the message is that even though the animals are similar because they share body parts, each animal uses the body part in a different unique way. The hyena has a nose, but it is used for smelling; whereas, the mole uses it’s nose for digging and the elephant for spraying water. Children can learn that even though we may share similar characteristics to one another, we are all also unique and different in our own way. I would definitely recommend this book because it has a great message, but is educational. ( )
  Mroeme1 | Sep 8, 2015 |
This book shows how the animals use different parts of their body like eyes, noses, mouths or tongue to do different tings like eating.
  junludai | Jun 9, 2015 |
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Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book. Children will learn that lizards can completely break off their tail as a defense and that it will grow back. And, they'll find out that crickets' ears are on their knees. Most fish have two eyes, but some have four, the better to see above and below the water at the same time. These are just a few of the fascinating facts of nature dangled out front to draw readers into this beautifully illustrated book. On each spread, five different animals' tails, ears, eyes, or other body parts, done in vibrant cut-paper collage, appear with a simple question ("What do you do with a- like this?"). The next spread shows the five creatures in their entirety and offers a brief explanation. For example, "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." The back pages offer more information for older or more curious readers. This is a great book for sharing one-on-one or with a group.
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Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Five examples of each organ thrusting in from beyond the pages’ edges for each “What do you do” question precede spreads in which the point of view pulls back to show the whole animal, with a short accompanying caption. Visual surprises abound: a field cricket’s ears are actually on its legs; a horned lizard can (and does, here) squirt blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism; in an ingenious use of page design, a five-lined skink’s breakable tail enters and leaves the center gutter at different points. Capped by a systematic appendix furnishing more, and often arresting, details—“A humpback whale can be 50 feet long and weigh a ton per foot”—this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
Here's another exceptional cut-paper science book from Jenkins, this time put together with a partner, and like previous books, it's a stunner. An opening page, clearly explaining how to use the book, is followed by a double-page spread picturing the mouths of several different animals, accompanied by the question, "What do you do with a mouth like this?" The next spread shows each animal in full, explaining in a few simple words how the part functions. Tail, ears, nose, and eyes are covered in the same manner. A picture glossary at the back shows each animal again, postage-stamp size, with an informative note elaborating on the creature's special adaptation. The notes also neatly answer questions that might arise during a reading (Why do horned lizards squirt blood out their eyes?) and add to the interactive aspect of the book. A variety of animals is represented--some (elephant, hippo, chimp) will be comfortably familiar; others (four-eyed fish, blue-footed booby) are of interest because of their strangeness. Jenkins' handsome paper-cut collages are both lovely and anatomically informative, and their white background helps emphasize the particular feature, be it the bush baby's lustrous, liquid-brown eyes or the skunk's fuzzy tail. This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art.
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Beautifully detailed collage illustrations (cut paper) show a wide variety of interesting animals -- including lizards whose tails break off when they run away and a creature whose eyes spurt blood to scare off predators. Format alternates between spreads with a particular body part highlighted -- tails, eyes, ears, etc -- and spreads with the entire animal shown and a brief description of what those parts DO. The final pages show each animal and give a bit more information about each one (habitat and such). A big winner for preschoolers, primary students, and intermediate students with an interest in the animal world.
"What do you do with a tail like this?" offers lots of information about different animals and the fuctions of various body parts in nicely bite-sized pieces that children will be able to process and compare. I like the "more information" at the end for readers who are still curious. I would use this book to talk about animals, for comparison and contrast activities, for discussion multiple functions of a given item (hand, nose, eyes, whathaveyou), and for talking about body parts in general.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618256288, Hardcover)

A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

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Simple text presents the many things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails.

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