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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?


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Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page. Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. She has worked on numerous bestselling and award winning titles, including Caldecott Honoree What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?. Along with writing and illustrating children's books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.


PreS-Gr 3--Steven Jenkins and Robin Page's outstanding Caldecott Honor Book (Houghton, 2003) has been transformed into a superb animated production that explores the strange appendages that animals sometimes use to eat, hunt, and defend themselves. First, specific animal body parts are presented, and then each animal's use of its eyes, mouth, tail, ears, or nose is shown and explained in animated sequences. Accompanied by David Mansfield's delightful music that changes tempo to suit the mood, fascinating animals leap, blink, twitch, and wiggle on clean white backgrounds as Jenkins's fabulous cut-paper illustrations come to life. Viewers learn how the monkey grasps a branch with its tail, the archer fish shoots and eats an insect, a lizard squirts blood from its eyes or breaks off its tail and runs off no worse for the experience, and so much more. We can hear the crickets and birds chirp, the chimpanzee chatter, and a mountain goat bleat. Among the other animals presented are the elephant, hippo, skunk, platypus, bush baby, and many others. Narration is ably performed by James Naughton, and optional subtitles change color as they are read. The story is followed by animal facts that are grouped by body part. Viewers can click on noses, ears, tails, eyes, feet, or mouths, and then select an animal to hear about how the particular body part makes the creature special. An interview with the authors reveals their inspiration for the book and how they selected the featured animals, and features a peek into Jenkins's studio. This animated version of the story, with sound effects, has made this fascinating study of curious animals even more accessible and interesting. A stand-out.--MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information

"Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book." School Library Journal, Starred

"...this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own." Kirkus Reviews, Starred "This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review "Jenkin's cut-paper collage illustrations are, as usual, ingenious and remarkable in their clarity, their several components neatly articulating the anatomy of their subjects." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Steve Jenkins contributes another artistically wrought, imaginatively conceived look at the natural world." Publishers Weekly

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