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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

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Readers can explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Company
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Jennifer
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was a 2004 Caldecott Honor book. It asks the readers to guess what animals match the parts that shown on the prior page and then gives interesting facts about what id unique about how that animal uses that part. For example, on one page it shows 5 different sets of eyes and asks "What do you do with eyes like these?" and on the next page it tells you about the horned lizard that squirts blood from its eyes. My students enjoyed reading this book together and guessing about the animals. ...more
Jaclyn Giordano
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page is a picture book intended for readers in preschool through grade two. I gave it four stars. This book is a book full of guessing and predicting as readers learn new and interesting facts about different animals’ noses, ears, tails, eyes, feet, and mouths. The pages follow a pattern of “What do you do with a…like this?” and “If you’re a…you…”, beautifully intertwining factual information and illustrations to teach the reader ...more
L- Lisa
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This delightful picture book for Kindergarten to grade 4 uses creative illustrations and riddles to capture the interest of a wide audience. The illustrations are created with vibrant cut-paper collage, showing portions of one part of five animals on one page with the inquiry question “What do you do with a_____ like this?” The answers are found as the page is turned, with a brief description of how animals use their body parts. This format offers suspense for the reader as they consider each in ...more
Agnė
Very informative, engaging and contains some of the best cut-paper collage I've ever seen!
Just look at that texture and dimension:
Kaitlin Cornelius
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. The bright colors and detailed illustrations make this book very intriguing. This book is an interactive book for readers. As one reads the book, it will ask questions like “what do you do with a tail like this” or “what do you do with eyes like these”. It also shows images of several different body parts of animals like eyes and tails. Then, you turn the page and it gives readers an answer. It shows the full animal and gives a short insight on what animals use certain ...more
Makenzie Moore
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-572-books
This is another quality informative book by Steve Jenkins. I recommend this book for students k-2 leaning about animals. In this book, Jenkins describes different ways that different animals use their body. For example, the different ways in which animals use their eyes, their feet, and tails. This book has great illustrations placed on the pages in creative ways that would keep kids intrigued. You could even do a compare/contrast lesson with this book, or have students take guesses on what THEY ...more
Aubrey
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? is a wonderful informational book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. This book was a Caldecott Honor Book and readers will see why upon the first page. The book follows a question and answer structure with vibrant pictures and unique page layouts. Readers' eyes jump across the pages matching the text to the animal. Readers learn all about how different animals use their feet, tails, noses, mouths, ears, and eyes. The text uses repeated phrases that students ca ...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
[close:] Hardcover book & CD set narrated by James Naughton with music by David Mansfield includes track 1, story with page-turn signals; track 2, story without page-turn signals; 6 tracks of animal facts.

The book is beautifully illustrated using cut-paper art, presented as an interactive guessing game, with simple text that even wee little ones can follow along.

A set of animals are displayed in each double-page spread - well, mostly their body part relevant to the accompanying text is dis
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Elizabeth Martinez
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic info text! Steve Jenkins did a marvelous job at describing what different animals can do with different parts of their bodies in a very fun and engaging text. I really enjoyed the fact that Jenkins asks children "What do you do with....?" for each body part and he includes pictures of the animals so kids can make predictions and make connections. These initial questions help tap into their background knowledge and it is a great way to get children excited about sharing relevant informa ...more
Djamison
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
INFO TEXT!!!- In a guess and reveal style of writing, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore the many things that animals can do with their body parts. The pictures are very colorful and vibrant which help balance the mini facts that are given about each animal.Many of the pictures can give a clue as to why the animal needs a body part, while other pictures aren't very helpful, yet still nice to look at. Before each animal is introduced, the author ask the reader the same type of question "What do ...more
Katherine Austin
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
- I love this book for small children. It provides students with a lot information on all the cool things that animals can do with all the parts of their body, not just their tales. This game is fun and allows readers to play along by having a little guessing/fill in the blank game going throughout the book. Not only is it fun for the students, but its fun for the teacher to read as well.
2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
-Pre-K-1st
3) Appropria
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Emily Hynes
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
Steve Jenkins' Caldecott Honor Book, What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? , is an approachable non-fiction text that allows young readers to read at varying depths. Each page incorporates texturally engaging mixed media visuals of each animal. The majority of the book includes simple text appropriate for young children K-2. Though the text is simple, it is clear that Jenkins understands what kids are interested in, with facts like "If you're a cricket, you hear with ears that are on your knees ...more
NS-Christine Johnson
If you like learning interesting facts about animals, you will enjoy this book! Find out how different animals use their eyes, ears, noses, and tails. Each page has animal parts that belong to all different kinds of animals. Your job is to try and guess what animal they belong to!
This is perfect for a read aloud to introduce the genre of non-fiction to young students in Kindergarten or even pre-school. The reading level is appropriate for first or second grade students, although the information
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Sara Ullery
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
What do you do with a tail like this? By Steve Jenkins
• This is a silly book perfect for younger children. It prompts questions about animals, and allows children to play while they learn
• Teachers may use this for reading time, science, art, English
• K-2
• Individual students will really enjoy reading this book and learning about the different kinds of animals
• Small groups may use this book to form their own charts for animals
• Whole class may use this book before a trip to the zoo, and the dis
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Beverly
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-nonfiction
This is a wonderful animal science book for young children to introduce them to some of the amazing things animals can do with tails, noses, ears, mouths, and feet. The cut paper collage illustrations are just as amazing, created to make animals look smoth, furry, bumpy, or spiky, depending on the animal. Youngsters (and possibly adults as well) will be intrigued to learn that crickets hear with their knees, bats see with their ears, and horned lizards squirt blood from their eyes, among other i ...more
Elisa Pereyra-Molina
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book I would gift to all children! This a fun read that gives children a better understanding animals and how they too rely on their bodies, like humans. Noses, ears, feet are also highlighted as well as the titles suggests, tails!
Molly Darr
Feb 22, 2011 added it
Shelves: science
Very creative book discussing animals. This book can be very helpful when covering animals and their different body parts.
Jennifer Cochran
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This book was such an informative read, and I learned so many things by reading this book that I had never even thought of before! What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? is an absolutely wonderful book and keeps the reader interested and engaged throughout the entire story. I loved the structure of this text because the author first asked a question, and then explains the answer in a very short, sweet, and “kid-friendly” manner. The pictures in this story are incredible and look as though they we ...more
Heather
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? is a beautifully illustrated informational text and was awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal. Written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, each page is filled with beautiful cut-paper collage images.

This fun engaging non-fiction text would be great for Pre-k through 4th-grade students. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Is an engaging way to introduce informational texts to students in Kindergarten through 2nd-grade. This interactive text giv
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Marissa Ebert
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has won the Caldecott Medal.

"What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?" is appropriate for kindergarten to fourth grade.

This book is about different animals, and their different features. This book is an interactive guessing book, and it includes information about the nose, ears, tails, mouths, and eyes of many different kinds of animals. There is more information at the back of the book, and readers can learn even more about these animals with this.

I like the design of this book, and the
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Jessica Emly
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins takes children on a journey to explore how different animals use different parts of their body to survive and thrive in their environments. The book covers all different body parts, from noses and ears, and tails and eyes, to mouths and feet. The book also incorporates a wide variety of different types of animals (reptiles, birds, mammals, etc.) A Caldecott Honor winner, the mixed media illustrations create beautiful and textural depictions ...more
Kelli Magee
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? is a nonfiction book by Steve Jenkins that is geared towards children in prekindergarten to grade three and was a Caldecott Medal Nominee in 2004. The ebook format just enhances the story. This book allows children to discover what ways different animals use their nose, tails, ears, eyes, mouth, and feet. This book does a great job of using simple sentences, in single or two to three sentences making the text easy to read and follow when describing what the ...more
Mikaylie Snell
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary:
This book goes through many animal body parts. It goes through ears, tails, nose, etc. On each page it explains the purpose of animals' specific body parts. There are pictures of the animals with the description next to them. It goes through many animals. Some of them were: monkeys, elephants, mountain goats, and anteaters.

Evaluation:
This book is great because of the specific types of animals. It does not just group all of a type of animal together. For example, it does not group all of
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Jenny
I'm not sure how it's possible that I have not reviewed this before. This was the first book I ever read by Steve Jenkins. I own this book and have used it many times in my classroom (particularly when I taught 2nd grade and taught adaptations). I love Steve Jenkins' nonfiction books about animals. I love this books approach...showing just a small portion of several animals (on one page you see tails, on another you see noses, another ears, etc.)...encouraging the reader to guess what animal it ...more
Cristina
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
Summary: This book goes through the different body parts of different animals and has the reader guess how they use them. It constantly asks the question, “What do you do with a _______ like this?” After it answers by describing exactly how that animal used that body part.
Evaluation: I think this is an amazing way of teaching children how different animals use their body parts. It also teaches children how different we all are. The illustrations they use are an amazing example of cut-paper coll
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Emily Sims
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This describes how animals' features such as their nose, feet, tail, and ears help them survive everyday. The book first only shows the feature of the animal being discussed. On the next page, the book shows the whole animal and goes into detail of how the feature shown on the previous page helps the animals live. This book is so fun and engaging because it keeps kids guessing which animal could be next every other page!

This book is excellent for readers in science. This is a great resource for
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Angela King
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
K-1
Nonfiction Picture Book/Science
This is a simple story told mostly through repetitious question: "What would you do with a _____ like this" and pictures. Thought the story is simple, their is a great deal of information at the back of the book highlighting the animals showcased throughout.

This book would be a great way to scaffold the idea of "animal adaptations" which can help students better understand the integrated relationships within ecosystems.

I would share this story as an interactiv
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Sydney Valerio
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This, is a great book to introduce your students to science concepts, and all the different type of animals there are. It teaches what all the different types of animals can do with their tails, noses, ears, mouths, and feet. With all the cut paper collage illustrations, the students can really get a feel for what the animals look like, and be able to see the textures that each animal has. The book also provides interesting facts about all the different types of a ...more
Madison Miller
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
In this story book, the author shows how various animals use their nose, mouth, ears, tails, and feet, helping young readers get a grasp on different animals and their many functions. The illustrator uses cut paper, giving the stroy different textures and depth to the images. This book also poses as a guessing game, allowing the readers to guess which animal is which. For example, on one page there are five different eyes on it, and the question asks, “What do you do with eyes like these?” and t ...more
Halle Dean
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 11-20-books
This book is about the different features of animals and how they use their features to survive. The features include tails, nose, ears, eyes, and feet. The book describes how the animals in the book use their awesome features.

The book is written for kids to make predictions. The author starts each page like "What do you do with a "nose" like this? The page will have different animal noses and students can predict what they think these animals are or what their nose does. The pictures are beaut
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Steve was born in 1952 in Hickory, North Carolina. His father, who would become a physics professor and astronomer (and recently hid co-author on a book about the Solar System), was in the military and, later, working on science degrees at several different universities. We moved often. Steve lived in North Carolina, Panama, Virginia, Kansas, and Colorado. Wherever ee lived, he kept a menagerie of ...more