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Book Review: A Short Tale About A Long Tail by Marilee Crow and K.C. Snyder

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As a mother of three children, I have learned from firsthand experience what it feels like when your child gets teased by others. As the nurturing person we are meant to be, we are compelled to find ways to soften the blow when our children are teased mercilessly. If you are a concerned parent looking for a wholesome story to share with your child about the subject of being ridiculed or picked on, I highly recommend Marilee Crow’s A Short Tale About A long Tail.

The story is about Stanley Squirrel. Stanley stands out from the other squirrels because of his unusual very, very long tail. Stanley is often teased by Reggie Squirrel. The other animals don’t like Reggie’s teasing, so they try their best to make Stanley feel better.

Stanley begins to question why he is so different from the other squirrels. He asks his mom why he had such a long tail. “It’s what makes you unique,” his mother answers. After a nice session of self-esteem build up, Reggie takes his mom’s advice and goes out to gather nuts and acorns.

Along the journey to collect nuts and acorns Stanley first runs into an owl who gives him some solid advise. Before too long Stanley begins to realize that perhaps he is special. The baby squirrels love him because they use his long tail for jumping rope.

That day, Stanley plays tag with the other squirrels, but Reggie wants to spoil everyone’s fun by saying: “Stanley’s tail is very weird. Stanley’s tail should be feared.” For the first time Stanley stands up to Reggie. He does not run away or cry. Instead, he boldly says to Reggie, “My tail is just unique. Let’s now play hide and seek.”

The story takes a very interesting twist when Reggie comes across some very steep danger, and Stanley uses his long unique tail to rescue Reggie. This is the part of the story that resonates quite well with me. It shows that life can throw you some unexpected curb balls, and you never know who will be there to give you a helping hand. The story can be read to young children to teach them that it is not good to tease others and make fun of them. It can also be used to teach children that it is always good to treat everyone with respect and dignity.

K.C Snider did a fine job bringing the story to life through her masterful illustrations. Lastly, I want to thank the author for providing me with a free copy of her book for review.

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About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.