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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,660 ratings  ·  659 reviews
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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This is a nice little fact book for beginners. Each page reveals a group of animal parts and asks a question. The next page shows each animal and what is special about that tail or ear or nose, etc.

I think the artwork was interesting and they chose some fun animals. Children that love animals will like that.

My niece thought the facts for some of these animals was rather obvious, but she appreciates books that have facts in them. She said it was ok. She gave this 3 stars. The nephew thought there
So yes, I can certainly and well understand why and how Steve Jenkins won a 2004 Caldecott Honour designation for What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?, as indeed, his collage-like artwork is generally, is usually truly spectacular (and indeed, What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? is no exception, with a wonderful and aesthetically delightful combination of realism and colourful imagination). And it has also been very much fun trying to figure out in What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? to whi ...more
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
Very informative, engaging and contains some of the best cut-paper collage I've ever seen!
Just look at that texture and dimension:
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 display
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)
3) Appropria
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
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
Sara Ullery
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
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!
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic non-fiction book about body parts of animals and how they work differently.
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
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This book wowed me with all of the animal illustrations. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Included all types of animals that covered every page. The book formatted the text to move with the animals, and the illustration style plays with the white space to give animals a bit of a 3D appearance.
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? is a great introduction to informational texts for young readers. In a kindergarten classroom, you can use this book in a read aloud to introduce students to nonfi
Lizzy McDaniel
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?’ is a WOW book with tons of opportunities for extension activities in the classroom! Each part of the book addresses a different animal body part and shows how it differs between different species. The following page explains how each of the animals is able to use that body part. Because this book doesn’t go into depth on each animals adaptation, I would probably use this book in third grade just as an introduction to a lesson. This book provides a great o ...more
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
Alex Farrell
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first Caldecott award winning book I chose to ready was “What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?” This book is written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. The book starts by illustrating ears, tails, eyes, feet, etc. Each new part of the body had a page that that specific new body part was focused on. The page that followed would be different animals who had that body part, and what they used that body part for. Each story with an animal had text to go along with what was being illustrated. As th ...more
Kendall Moede
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-shelf
The first Caldecott book I chose to ready was “What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. It started with ears, then tails, then eyes, then feet and so on. Each new body part started with a page that was specifically zoomed in on the part that was being talked about. On the next following page, it included those animals, zoomed out, and what each animal uses that body part for. The drawings and paintings of the animals were immaculate. The little story of that animal ...more
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
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
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
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
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Steve Jenkins takes his readers on an interactive journey discussing different animal body parts and their purposes. This is not your traditional informational text, but it is a great example nonetheless! It is a WOW book because of the unique illustrations and the variety of animals used. Jenkins does a great job of creating a one of a kind informational text!

Teachers will love to use this book for interactive read alouds. There is ample opportunity to paus
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jnf-500
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
Katie Fitzgerald
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page know exactly how to tap into kids’ curiosity about the natural world. Children love learning about the ways animals are similar to and different from humans, and this book introduces that information in an accessible and awesomely illustrated way. I love how realistic the images are, and how they look almost three-dimensional, giving a great sense of each animal’s texture. The informational section at the back of the book is also very thorough so that adults can accu ...more
Jennifer Heise
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice little repeating book, where each spread shows a bunch of (tails, eyes, noses, etc) from different animals and on the next page explains what each animal uses their particular model for. Short words and an easy bedtime read, with detailed paragraphs on each animal in the extra material at the back of the book. Probably best for ages 3-5, with some potential for early readers ages 6 or so. My seven year old found it a bit too short, I think. but the illustrations are clear and the choice o ...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
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
2004 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: What do you do with ears like this page. I also really love the way each body part on the "what do you do" pages is shown at roughly the same size, so the rabbit ear is about the same size as the cricket's. This kind of makes it more difficult to guess which animal may have that body part!
A fun introduction to different ways animals have learned to adapt and survive in their environments. I also like the "for more info" paragraphs at the end of the b
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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 his 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 he lived, he kept a menagerie of ...more

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