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What's This Tail Saying?

Carolyn Combs, Cathy Morrison (Illustrator)


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Paperback (5/1/2020)


Animal tails are talking! Every shake and shiver, rattle and splash is saying something. But what is it? Look and listen for the clues on one page. Then go to the next page to discover the message. A fascinating glimpse into the world of animal communication! "Explore More" pages will delight kids with photos and facts, while teachers and parents will appreciate STEAM activity suggestions.

Praise For What's This Tail Saying?

"In addition to identifying the animals, youngsters, ages 3 – 8, will value the realistic textures of the animal features, including the tails." — Oneota Reading Journal

Dawn Publications, 9781584696612, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2020

About the Author

Carolyn Combs is a former molecular biologist who now shares her passion for the natural world with children through writing. She still loves doing research, but does it at the library, online, and by speaking to scientists rather than in the laboratory. She has fond childhood memories of hearing beavers slap their tails on the pond behind her house and of waiting for the peacock to fan out his tail at the local petting farm. These memories, along with her curiosity about animal communication, helped inspire her to write her 2020 debut picture book, What’s This Tail Saying? Carolyn lives in Michigan with her husband, son, a cat, and a poodle, who loves hiking and trick training as much as she does. Find her at, on Twitter @carolynscombs, and on Instagram @carolyncombswriter.

Cathy Morrison is an award-winning illustrator who lives in Colorado, within view of both the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. She watches the plants, the animals, and rain—all close up and personal. She began her career in animation and graphic design, but discovered her passion for children's book illustration while raising her two children. After several years illustrating with traditional media, she now works digitally, which helps the publisher adapt the art into interactive book apps.