Sunday, March 29, 2009

Little Skink's Tail by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein

Little Skink is enjoying a delicious meal of ants when a hungry crow wants to make a meal of Little Skink. Trapped with nowhere to run, Little Skink uses her special trick: her tail falls off when the crow grabs it, and Little Skink gets away. Now with no tail, Little Skink imagines what she'd look like with the tails of different forest animals, but none are quite right. The rabbit's tail is too "puffy-fluffy," and the porcupine's tail is too "stickly-prickly." Then one day she sees her shadow, and the shadow has a tail--the kind of tail that only a skink should have.

Little Skink's Tail has a simple, yet informative and fun storyline. Kids will enjoy watching Little Skink try on different tails and will laugh at Laurie Allen Klein's vibrant watercolor illustrations. This is just the type of book that would make an excellent supplemental text for a classroom lesson on forest animals and regeneration. The back matter includes Sylvan Dell's signature "For Creative Minds" section, which in this case, comprises a footprint map and a tail matching activity that can be copied and printed. Highly recommended!

Come back tomorrow for an interview with author Janet Halfmann!

More info:
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (August 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976882388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976882381
  • Source: Review copy from publisher


  1. Jill,

    I LOVE this book! I'm looking forward to the interview tomorrow. Janet Halfmann is a wonderful author!

    All the best,

  2. Jill! Thank you so much for this wonderful review of Little Skink's Tail. For even more educational resources, be sure to check out the Sylvan Dell website: There, you'll find teaching activities, interactive quizzes, and storytime craft ideas. Again, thank you for the support!

  3. Jill, thank you for reading and reviewing my book, Little Skink's Tail. You are right about kids laughing at Laurie Allen's Klein's fun tails on Little Skink! I find myself laughing right along with the kids.

  4. I have had this book in my review pile for far to long! I'm looking forward to your author interview.