Little Skink's Tail by Janet Halfmann - Book Review

With vivid illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein and a perfectly pitched mix of imagination and science by author Janet Halfmann, Little Skink's Tail is a fantastic picture book addition for your collection.

The publisher’s blurb: “While Little Skink hunts yummy ants for breakfast, she is suddenly attacked by a crow! But she has a trick to escape – she snaps off her tail, and it keeps on wiggling! Little Skink is happy to be alive, but she misses her bright blue tail. Little Skink’s Tail follows Little Skink as she daydreams of having the tails of other animals in the forest. Readers will enjoy pretending with her, trying on tail after tail….”

After reading Little Skink's Tail I felt ripped off! I’ve been living in South Florida for fifteen years and I’ve never seen a blue-tailed skink! Each afternoon, as I take my dog for a walk, I see all sorts of lizards sunning themselves. The most common is the anole, but I occasionally spy a big green iguana. Why, just last week, this fellow wandered onto my office window:

Though I’m not a picture book expert, I’m especially impressed with Little Skink's Tail for its appealing illustrations, personified voicing, charming characterization, large text and support materials (see below).

Little Skink's Tail has, rightly, won several awards: Florida Publisher’s Association Presidents book Award, 2009 Teacher’s Choice award from Learning Magazine, 09’ Mom’s Choice Award.

Recommended for both classroom and elementary library purchase.

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Genre: Picture Book. Age: 4-8. Pages: 32.

Themes: Determination, Imagination, Science/Nature
Special Thanks to Sylvan Dell Publishing & Janet Halfmann.
Publisher: Sylvan Dell. Date: August 2007.
ISBN-10: 0976882388 / ISBN-13: 978-0976882381

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Though the book includes a couple activities in the back, you can also download teaching activities, quizzes, author/illustrator interviews, standards alignments and related website links on the Sylvan-Dell Publishing Little Skink’s Tail Page: HERE

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Janet Halfmann was rasied on a farm in Michigan. She has four children and fourgrandchildren and lives in Wisconsin. You can read more about her here and here.
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