CHILDREN’S FANTASY BOOK, Intriguing & teaching

WHAT TAIL? is the perfect book for any child who would like to escape to a pure fantasy world filled with secrets, intrigue and where what you expect is the unexpected. 

This review shows one of the reason for What Tail? by R. R. Barnes being a best-seller,  “This is an amazing children’s book with the base of an excellent unique idea that unfolds to show What Tail?children the strong subtle moral lesson to accept others who look and act differently”. Jim

It all begins when a little girl decides to follow her nose and find her own answers. The reader’s imagination is evoked as the little girl remembers what she was told about the Annan Woods ghost and continues with the discoveries in the big meadow.  Quite amazing how one little girl simply looking for answers can change everything in the forest known as the Annan Woods.

It ends with friends forming one of the oddest looking circles the moon had ever seen, and in-between are some very exciting adventures.

Insightful is; a) accepting others who look ae act different from you  can open to some wonderful friendships b) discovering that sometimes looking different then others can be fun.

Delightful is the Annan Woods, a magical land, with many secrets, an animal whose smile is the only thing you will not forget to remember and you can expect the unexpected.

The mystery surrounding an animal’s tail will keep you guessing. In this affordable hardcover a child can read it again and again, lend to a friend and pass on to relatives. With all the adventures of some very unique animals, it is not surprising that this book was a bestseller.


The adventures will have children laughing, sitting on the edge of their seats and learning so interesting facts about some of the animals. The animal everyone forgets to remember what he looks like when not looking at him shifts each child’s imagination into high gear.  If you would like to read what Misty saw when she fist went into the Big Meadow <read page 2 in the first chapter ‘Follow Your Nose’>. 

The land named the Annan Woods is where some very unique animals and a very smart owl live; it is a magical place where new possibilities appear each day.


One reader said, “The story is delightful; I found myself laughing aloud at times. Children are sure to identify with the different animals and learn something about tolerance and friendship as they do so. Yet it always remains appealing and never feels moralistic.”Nelly

There are secrets in the Annan Woods that lead to the most unlikely of adventures and discoveries.

 Order Today at Amazon or  Barnes & Nobe or other retailers for a great gift that can make you smile and keep most people guessing about the tail.

An animal who the wise old owl who is the wisest of all wise owls named Ve walks and talks like other animals. He even likes to run through sunny meadows like other animals, but because of his secret he is not at all Like any other animals.


When reading, or having this book read to him or her, the child’s imagination is not only turned on but  shifts into high gear. Each reader, or child being read to, can describe the animal called Ve any way that he or she wants and no one can say that is wrong. 

Possibilities become unlimited when children reading, or hearing, about the adventures of a unique animal in a very unusual woods, see the fun and friendship that acceptance and kindness can bring.   As Wolvie says, “There is no good different or bad different. There is just different”. 


 This story has so many positive moments. As a child to find acceptance with others and just be yourself. A lot of memorable characters to enhance the tale. Every child would love this read to them at bed time. Wish it was published when I was growing up!”– Bill


This children’s book What Tail? invokes the imagination — Albert Einstein said “the imagination is more important than knowledge”.

Facts being available through our fingertips is great.  On the other hand, or paw, all technology began with seeds planted in the ‘what if’ section of the inventor’s imagination.  When the imagination of today’s children is strengthened we have tomorrow’s inventors.


Everything we see, hear, and experience is our teacher. Children reading a fantasy book that includes the subtle message of acceptance of the differences in others and themselves puts them on the path of balance and harmony. The path our children walk today is our world tomorrow.  “We cannot always know the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”.– Franklin Delano Roosevelt


   “I’ve just finished reading “What Tail?”, it is insightful AND delightful.”Lorraine

 “This is a perfect story for any child who thinks they are different than the other kids.”. –Mark

  “Everyone should read this book–-children and adults.”— Beverly 


Very creative, with a wonderful message about acceptance and celebrating our differences. It kept me questioning about Ve throughout the entire book.” – Victor 


 In my Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai classes students are guided to see how our eyes can be the greatest obstacle to seeing. In What Tail? children see through the adventures of some wonderfully unique animals that there are more important things than physical appearance.  

 The path our children walk today is our world tomorrow. Balance and harmony being the base of Usui Reiki Ryoho is why this post about a children’s fantasy book is on this website.  With acceptance of differences come balance and harmony.

When the imaginations of today’s children is awakened, the future Thomas Edisons step forward.

As you read on you will discover Ve had a very good reason for not coming out in the moonlight so that the wise old olf who is the wisest of all wise owls could see him.    You can not judge a book by its cover is a trite saying, but it is definitely true with this children’s book What Tail?     


 Here is a sneak peak into ‘What Tail? Roberta R. Barnes © 2014 or What Tail? by R. R. Barnes 2016– same book different covers.  

     Misty’s nose led her straight to the Annan Woods that is tucked behind the Great Pine Forest. Before she stepped out of the Great Pine Forest she stopped and leaned against one of the pine trees. There are two reasons why most people stop in the Great Pine Forest. First, it is such a great place for picnics that there is no reason to go any further. The other reason is that most everyone has heard about the Annan Woods ghost.

      Thinking about the ghost, Misty started to turn around and go home. Instead, she sat on the soft ground and thought. She thought how some people said the ghost was misty white and small like a rabbit. Then other people said it was bigger then the biggest bear and had a long dark tail. No one seemed to know exactly what it looked like, but everyone knew it was hiding, and ready to jump out and get you.”

Misty remembered how her cousins said that” . . .

Unique fantasy book What Tail?

To your right is the first edition of What Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes with dust jacket in 2014. 

What Tail? by R. R. Barnes was published in 2016 with a less expensive cover so that more children can enjoy the adventures and one very unusual animal. which looks different than the second edition you see at the top of this page.

The story within has not changed, just the cover. 

The first edition is available though Balboa Press, and many other online retailers

When reading What Tail? not only is the imagination stimulated by the adventures of the most unlikely of animals, but secrets are revealed.  Order either edition through Barnes & Nobel/ other online retailers or through your local bookstore  

Such as: 

  • Why the animals say the wise old Mr. Owl is the wisest of all wise owls.

  • Why Misty thought the animal called Ve was the Annan Woods Ghost.

  • Why Mother Nature gave skunks the terrible smelling oil that they spray. 

  • What happens to a beaver whose teeth are not always growing.

  • Why Wolvie calls Silver Tip the master of made-up words.  

  • Why Old king Bear and Leaber act the way they do.

  • Why no one should talk about Swish’s secret. 

  • What to do when you have had a terrible day.

  • The secret way to get anything that you want.


 There are times when even an adult, while reading this to a child, may begin laughing out loud.  One of the things Ve said even made the wise old Mr. Owl turn his head to let out a giggle.

 Perfect children's book

Many unexpected things happen in the Annan Woods after Misty makes one very big discover.  One example is how with the combination of a weasel’s plan, a wise old owl’s words and a fox’s act of kindness a bully changes in an unexpected way.


When reading What Tail? children might take a deep breath, cross his or her fingers when an animal slips on a leaf at the wrong time, or continue guessing about the tail. The child, or the parent reading to the child, might also begin laughing as Ve tries to explain his secret. 


Order today by clicking on Balboa Barnes & Nobel/   Or other online retailers and your local bookstore 




Waht Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes You will know Silver Tip when you see him because he looks different than any fox you have ever seen before, but like everything in the Annan Woods he might look different depending where he is sitting.   What Tail? by R. R. Barnes


Another reader wrote —  “What Tail?  is the kind of book that should be read and read again to your children. It has a lovely calm, yet exciting pace. The almost hidden messages of tolerance are wonderful, and  the invites of imagination are perfect for  my son.”  -- Beth


When you are always being shown how everything is and should be, your imagination can become dormant.  A child’s imagination becoming dormant is a waste of a wonderful gift that is his or her birth.   Reading ‘What Tail?’ is a wonderful way to awaken a child’s imagination..   



You can order either edition of  ‘What Tail?’ by R. R. Barnes  through Amazon or  Barnes & Nobe, other online retailers, or ask your local bookstore to order it for you.  The fist edition, What Tail by Roberta R. Barnes, with dust jacket you can order through Balboa Press


 One of the subtle messages woven into the unusual adventures in What Tail? What Tail? the perfect book for today's children is the gifts that come from one simple act of kindness.

                      The next time you meet someone who has a great smile and is fun to be around will you care if you forget to remember what he or she looks like, or even if he or she had a tail?                                                                                            If a tail is wagging does it matter how long it is or what color it is?


  This is really an excellent story.  I stayed up till 1:30 AM after my son fell asleep reading it. You truly are very talented” – Jim.  


 What Tail? is a story that shows being different from others in a new light; as one or my students said, a charming story that shows the joy of being unique“.  It is a story where there are no categories and reading about the Annan Woods’ ghost may surprise you.  Even the breezes and moonbeams may surprise you.  


Everything we read, see, and hear has an impact on our actions.  Fantasy books are a fun way to learn positive things.  Certain traits and adventures of the characters in the Annan Woods are metaphors and the subconscious loves metaphors.


Much of the violence in this world is rooted in people not accepting others who look or act different from the way they look or act.

When every child learns acceptance today, the world changes tomorrow.  


Order today in either the first edition from Balboa Press; or either edition from Amazon,    Barnes & Nobel, other online retailers or your local bookstore and enjoy a “unique and charming story”.                                    

While the non-fiction Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho manuals I write are only available to my students, everyone can purchase my children’s book ‘What Tail?’ by R. R. Barnes  

The manuals I write for each level in both Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are factual non-fiction based on what has been shared with me by both my Japanese Usui Reiki Shihans and a Canadian Usui Reiki Shihan who is diligent about gathering the facts about MIkao Usui and his spiritual practice. With so many distorted stories in the world about Usui Reiki it is important for people to know the facts, which are much more interesting and mazing. 

Nonetheless, I can easily switch gears and embrace my passion for telling intriguing fantasy stories that spur the imagination. My creative side. love of nature and storytelling while suppressed when teaching Usui Reiki Ryoho, it is evident in ‘What Tail?’.

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