Sheila and the Magnificent Tail

Sheila and the Magnificent Tail

 
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Sheila and the Magnificent Tail
Co-Authors / Illustrators
MaryDeaton Heldman
Publisher Name
jeremy shapiro
Genre/Type
Age Group
1+
Published Date
October 05, 2014
ISBN Number
978-0990817109
Really good things can come from really hard experiences. This is the story of Sheila, a leopard gecko with a magnificent tail who loves the attention she gets because of it. However it is only through losing her tail that she discovers what truly makes her magnificent after all.

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4.6
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4.0  (1)
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5.0  (1)
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4.6
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5.0
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A Magnificent Tale

Sheila and the Magnificent Tail is one of those unique books that's very concept snared my attention. What's this? A deep children's story dealing with a significant loss (not to mention a physical malformation) that results in a reexamination of personal worth and identity? Yes, please!

I'm going to suggest that this book is best suited for the 4 to 8-year-old age group. (Full Disclosure: My 6-year-old son tracked well with it, but my 4-year-old daughter got fidgety by the halfway point and seemed to miss the moral of the story.) The book is fairly long, and the word count more dense than I would have expected. The author doesn't skirt big words, but doesn't abuse them, either.

The illustrations were bright and captivating, without distracting from the emotional focal point. And it's ultimately the emotional journey and character growth that make this such a potentially poignant story. It's a beautiful allegory for the age-old principle: "It's what's inside that counts."

I could see this book being a potent tool for building both coping skills and empathy in children of this developmental range.

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