What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?: Steve Jenkins

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Author/Illustrator: Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2003
Brief Summary: Children learn about different animals, their body parts, and their unique functions.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Charlotte Zolotow Award, 2004′ ‘ Highly Commended’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Garden State Children”s Book Award, 2006′ ‘ Winner ‘ ‘ Non-Fiction’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2004′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ”’
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2004 ; Bank Street College of Education
Booklist Book Review Stars, Feb. 15, 2003 ; American Library Association
Capitol Choices, 2004 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2004 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Literature Choice List, 2004 ; Children’s Literature
Choices, 2004 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Kirkus Book Review Stars, January 15, 2003
Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 2004 ; NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly
Notable Children’s Books, 2004 ; ALSC American Library Association
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, March 2003 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss different ways animals use their body parts.
  • Matching game — match body parts to animals (e.g. pictures of body parts to animal) or match functions to animals (this animal uses its tongue to eat ants).

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Back of book contains extensive notes on animal body parts, their functions, and other facts.

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library
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