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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Little Skink’s Tail, by Janet Halfmann

Little Skink’s Tail, by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, is a fun book about a little skink, or lizard, who loses her tail to a hungry crow.  Little Skink wonders what it would be like to have a different kind of tail.  She imagines she has the tail of the other animals she meets.  This results in a series of silly images of a skink with the tail of another animal. 

The story of Little Skink is a visual and audio delight.  The descriptive words Janet Halfmann chooses give the reader fun words to roll off their tongue like puffy-fluffy, wiggly waggly, flick and fluff, and stickily-prickily.  I imagine the children listening to this story will have as much fun with the words and images as the reader does.

The artwork by Laurie Allen Kein is essential to the story’s enjoyment.  Little Skink’s Tail is exquisitely illustrated.  The animals come alive, displayed in their natural beauty and appeal.  This is a story with heart, personality, and fun on every page.  It is available in English and Spanish with audio.  The audio book is as much a treat for the ears as the book is for the eyes

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