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What do you do with a tail like this

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
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.


Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie JarWho Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

by Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges,

illustrated by Ashley Wolf

A raccoon tries to find out which of his animal friends stole the cookies.




Who Took the Cookies?

Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?

___________ took the cookies from the cookie jar.

Who me?

Yes you!

Couldn’t be!

Then who?

___________ took the cookies from the cookie jar.

(repeat as many times as you would like, or until you go through all of the children.)


Mystery Box :

Put something in the mystery box and then let the kids feel inside and guess what it could be.



Vocabulary Word:

sting: v. to hurt with a stinger

Example: “If you’re a scorpion, your tail can give a nasty sting.”

(taken from What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?" by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page)



  • Create an “I Spy” bulletin board using pictures and small 3-D objects.
  • ID badges—Have a pre-printed pattern with a place for a picture and a fingerprint. Use a digital camera and take small groups of kids (3 -4 per picture) and then crop their heads out for the ID picture. The kids can add their fingerprint and signature.  Laminate them, punch a hole in one end and then attach yarn so they can be worn.
  • Fingerprint pictures -- Using washable ink, make several of the child's fingerprints on a blank sheet of paper. Then let your imagination go and turn the fingerprints into animals, people, faces or whatever you can think of. Have several examples done so the kids can see some possibilities.
  • Be a Scent Detective — Fill plastic film canisters with a cotton ball soaked with a strong liquid scent (vanilla, almond, peppermint, vinegar, etc.)  Number the canisters, and make a list of which scent is in which canister, so you won’t forget which is which.  Talk with the students about the sense of smell and how it helps us.  Pass around one canister at a time until each child has a canister.  Ask them to guess what their smells are.


Mouse Views

Mouse Views: What the Class Pet Saw
by Bruce McMillan

Photographic puzzles follow an escaped pet mouse through a school while depicting such common school items as scissors, paper, books, and chalk. Readers are challenged to identify the objects as seen from the mouse's point of view.

What's WhatWhat’s what? A Guessing Game

by Mary Serfozo; illustrated by Keiko Narahashi

Illustrations and rhyming text provide examples of what is soft and hard, warm and cold, wet and dry, long and short, and light and dark and describe how a puppy is all these things at once.

Who's Feet Are These

Whose Feet are These?

Who's Tail Is ThisWhose Tail is This?

Who's Eyes Are These

Whose Eyes are These?


by Peg Hall; illustrated by Ken Landmark

Examines a variety of animal feet, tails, and eyes, noting how they look different and function in different ways.


The Hidden AlphabetThe Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

An alphabet book in which windows open to reveal the letters hidden within each picture.