What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Husband and wife team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page make quite a pair in the realm of childrens books as well as real life it would seem as evidenced by their Caldecott Honor Book “What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?”.

The American Library Journal called “What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?” ‘striking, thoughtful and dynamic’. The latest in a continuing legacy of picture books in the realm of science, the authors bring a wide array of interesting and entertaining facts to the table. For example, did you know that a cricket’s ears are located on their knees? This fact and others are revealed in a striking and fun way by Jenkins, whose own father was both a physics professor and an astronomer – a fact that obviously had quite an impact on a young boy who would move on to become a celebrated author.

By illustrating animals both familiar (such as the elephant and the chimpanzee) and not so common (like the blue footed booby) in a bright and colorful collage style, all 32 pages of Jenkins’ “What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?” are engaging and enlightening at the same time. This is a perfect reader for children in the 4 to 8 year range, appealing especially the precocious ones who always seem to have questions about what they’ve just read. This book will definitely have their imaginations going full speed ahead!

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