Thursday, May 17, 2018

Animal Tails by Mary Holland (Arbordale Publishing) [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781628559774 
Paperback $9.95
Ages 4-9
My thoughts: 
As with other publications from Arbordale Publications, Animal Tails is packed with beautiful photographs and information that is thoroughly vetted professionally and brings a highly educational and enjoyable experience to the reader.

The book can be a simply enjoyable traipse through the world of the animal kingdom where glimpses of critters with an appendage that facilitates their activities with the reader having fun just casually looking and reading. Or since the book is complete with pages at the back of the book that provide further in-depth learning activities and creative inquiry, the reader can delve further into the intricacies of each critter's existence and his use of said appendage that provides balance, warms, supports, etc. his very life.

The skillfully captured images of each of the critters are truly beautiful and give the reader rare sights to behold. Elusive critters seen through the lens' eye and close up are such a treat.
Written for the young child to have read to him and for the younger elementary grade student to enjoy reading on his own, it can be an enlightening and interesting read. Get ready for summer outdoor activities by learning about small animals that might be encountered.

Animals in the book:   red squirrel, snapping turtle, common garter snake, green frog tadpole, white-tailed deer, beaver, striped skunk, Virginia opossum, red fox, bald eagle, muskrat, downy woodpecker, porcupine, honey bee, tortoise beetle

For Creative Minds link on Arbordale's website: click here

Find it here - Arbordale: Animal Tails

About the book: This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Animal Tails is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap the animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.
Begins May 18
Ends June 8 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Arbordale Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided by the publisher and sent directly to the winner by the publisher. 


  1. "How do you encourage your child to learn about animals?" Looking at beautiful books.

    "Do you (or have you at some point) had excursions out-of-doors to facilitate observation of animal life? This can certainly include visits to a zoo as well as woodland excursions." I haven't been to the zoo in a long time, although I do enjoy seeing unusual critters when they're about.

  2. "(1) One other picture book you would like to have" "Animal Ears."

    "(2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera" "The Beavers' Busy Year."

  3. In general, I think most children have a natural curiosity about animals. We observe animals and nature. We comment and discuss animals we see in the wild. We also go to science centers and zoos and observe and discuss the animals there. Reading about animals is just a natural extension in the learning process of children.

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  4. (1) One other picture book you would like to have- Living Things and Nonliving Things

    (2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera - The Best Nest

  5. oh my, we had animals at home, went to zoo's, forest preserves, any where there were animals we would visit. we read a lot about animals in our house and the kids learned that they are Gods creatures to be respected and admired. to this day they love animals of all kinds.
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  6. 1. Yodel the Yearling

    2. Living Things, Non Living Things

  7. We visit the zoo often. My niece has dogs and cats, we visit them too.

  8. I always encouraged my children to read books about animals. We spent many hours at the library choosing picture books, and then in later years books that were more detailed. We spent hours outdoors observing our chickens, birds, squirrels etc. Because we home educated, they all had nature notebooks. Now I have grandchildren that would love to read this book.

  9. Night Creepers would be my choice of another book for you to review.

  10. We visit the zoo & like to read books about animals.

  11. We talk about animals and read books about them.

    We've visited the zoo several times on school field trips and a local orchard has a free petting zoo that we visit a couple times a year.

  12. 1. Christmas Eve Blizzard
    2. Balloon Trees

  13. I would like to have Night Creepers for my 6 year old grandson. The illustrations are eye-catching. Books with nature themes help kids get a reverence for the environment and to learn how to be stewards for the habitats for animals. I would like to see a review for Yodel the Yearling. The bear isn't what I usually think of with yodeling.

  14. My parents were stewards of the Cuyahoga National Park and took care of a portion of the trail for 30 years. I've passed there reverence for nature on to my kids and grandkids.

  15. Looks great! Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on!

  16. We like to go out hiking in the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Wildlife is beautiful and abundant here.


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