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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
Rating:****1/2
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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In this extraordinary award winning picture book Steve Jenkins and Robin Page present readers with images showing just a part of an animal. Children are invited to guess what kind of animal the parts belong to. Children of all ages love picture puzzles. You can cover a part of an image and they will have a grand time trying to figure out what the picture shows. Is that piece of wood part of a table or a chair? Is that delicate pink thing a flower’s petal or a bird’s wing? The cut paper collage artwork in the book is truly astounding. Each animal is shown in great detail, rich with colors and textures. The book can be enjoyed on several levels. My Kindergarteners relish trying to guess the identities of the animals and we spend time looking at the pictures, while older children also like learning interesting facts about the animals that we see on the pages. ( )
  nkoffler | Dec 7, 2016 |
Steve Jenkins knocks it out of the park with another visual gimmick and simplified informational text. What Do You Do with A Tail Like This? lends itself to both read alouds and independent reading by non-readers fascinated with the part/whole structure of the book. Young readers will struggle to sit quietly as they actively make predictions sparked by Jenkins' simple questions and artwork. The selection of animals is incredibly diverse and the arrangement showcases their unique features in a special way and engages children without overwhelming them with walls of text. ( )
  lscappel | Dec 2, 2016 |
I thought this book was great for younger emerging readers. It has very detailed pictures and is very engaging throuhgout the text. ( )
  SarahA5752 | Nov 22, 2016 |
This book is perfect for young and emerging readers. It allows readers to guess and make predictions as they learn new and interesting facts about different types of animals' noses, ears, tails, eyes, feet, and mouths. The illustrations and format of the text keep the reader engaged and allow students to have fun while reading. The beautifully drawn and colorful illustrations draw the reader's attention to specific animal details and body parts. This book is perfect to teach readers about unique features of animals. ( )
  hannahlowe | Nov 20, 2016 |
This book shows how different body parts are helpful to animals in different ways. The book shows pictures of different body parts of animals (eyes, ears, tails, etc.) and then shows the animal that each part belongs to and explains how the animal uses that body part.

I love this book because it gives explanations for how different species use something that they all have in common. It is fun to guess which animal each body part belongs to and then guess how they use it in a special way. The pictures in the book are fun and creative and the story gives a lot of information about different species and how they adapt using their bodies.

This book could be used to teach about differences between different animals or differences between people. Teachers could explain to students that while nearly all animals may have eyes, or noses, or tails, they use those parts in different ways that help them survive in the environment they live in. It could also be explained that every animal has parts that look a little different, just like people, and we can celebrate how these differences make us unique. ( )
  ErinLeary | Nov 20, 2016 |
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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.
added by ReneHohls | editSchool Library Journal, Wanda Meyers-Hines (May 7, 2013)
 
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.
added by ReneHohls | editBooklist, ALA Starred Review, Tim Arnold
 

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Animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet in very different ways.
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What do you do with a nose like this?
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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).

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:31 -0400)

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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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