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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. Visit Steve at stevejenkinsbooks.com. Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating children's books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.

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K-Gr 4-Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book. Children will learn that lizards can completely break off their tail as a defense and that it will grow back. And, they'll find out that crickets' ears are on their knees. Most fish have two eyes, but some have four, the better to see above and below the water at the same time. These are just a few of the fascinating facts of nature dangled out front to draw readers into this beautifully illustrated book. On each spread, five different animals' tails, ears, eyes, or other body parts, done in vibrant cut-paper collage, appear with a simple question ("What do you do with a- like this?"). The next spread shows the five creatures in their entirety and offers a brief explanation. For example, "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." The back pages offer more information for older or more curious readers. This is a great book for sharing one-on-one or with a group.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Steve Jenkins contributes another artistically wrought, imaginatively conceived look at the natural world. What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Jenkins and wife Robin Page, stages a guessing game. Illustrated with Jenkins's trademark cut-paper art, one spread will show animals' tails (or noses, ears, etc.) as text asks variations of the titular question; turn the page, and the whole bodies of the animals are shown as answers are supplied ("If you're a lizard, you break off your tail to get away"; "If you're a scorpion, your tail can give a nasty sting"). Four pages of illustrated endnotes deliver meaty profiles of the 30 featured creatures. Copyright 2003 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 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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