The mystery surrounding a one-of-a-kind animal’s tail is not all that made this children’s book a bestseller. The exciting yet fun adventures of the unique animals in the Annan Woods show the magic that happens when you accept differences in other and yourself. The eleven chapters are the right length for a child to read and enjoy the exciting adventures of the animals and owl in the Annan Woods.
When reading, or having this book read to him or her, the imagination is spurred and strengthened. Each child can describe the animal called Ve any way that he or she wants and no one can say that is wrong.
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
When was the last time your forgot to remember how long an animal’s tail was or even if he had one? How much fun do you think you could have if everyone forgot to remember what you look like? You will get an answer when you read chapter 8, ‘The plan’.
It does not matter what color this animal’s fur is, where he came from, what his brothers and sisters look like, if he has hands or paws, or even if he has a tail. What matters are his smile, how he acts with other animals, an owl and a little girl, and the fun that happens because he is so different from all the other animals
As the animals, and a little human girl, accept differences in each other and in themselves secrets are revealed. The adventures also revolve around a bully and an animal who tries to get others to do his work.
Imagine the possibilities when children reading about the adventures of a unique animal in a fantasy story see the fun and friendship that acceptance and kindness can bring.
“Not only is this an excellent unique idea, but it has a strong-subtle moral lesson to teach kids to accept others who look or act different from them.” –Jim
Through the adventures you will see that being different is not just OK, it often is a very good thing to be. As Wolvie says, “There is no good different or bad different. There is just different”.
In the woods where ‘What Tail?’ takes place, what you see is often not what you expect to see. Combine that with a little girl doing something one sunny afternoon that changes things forever and you may find yourself guessing to the very last word in the book.
“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
What Tail? invokes the imagination; Albert Einstein said the imagination is more important than knowledge.
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.
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.
We all look and act different from others, but it is who we are inside that matters; instead of discovering a ghost a little girl discovers an animal with a fun secret. .
To your right is the first edition of What Tail? with dust jacket, which looks different than the second edition you see at the top of this page. This first edition in 2014 simply has a different cover then the second edition. This first edition is available though Balboa Press, and many other online retailers.
“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 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.
The following excerpts are from “What Tail?” by R. R. Barnes © 2014.
Ve said in his biggest voice, “Hello wise old Mr. Owl. You are the wisest of all wise owls, so I am asking you to help me. I need your help because I have a very, very, very big problem. My mother said every problem has an answer, but I cannot find the answer. My problem really, really, really needs to be fixed, so I’m asking you to help me find the answer.”
“Well”, said Ve and then swallowed three times. “The little human that picks flowers in the big meadow and plays in the Great Pine Forest found me sleeping today. She pulled my fur. She saw me. I’m sure she is an anyone because she ran away, and now her head is hurting.”
The wise old Mr. Owl flew to a branch closer to Ve and said, “I have seen the little human that comes to play in the big meadow. She is called a girl and her name is Misty. She would never hurt any animal. Pulling your fur must have been a mistake. Did you hit her?”
As you read on you will discover Ve had a very good reason for not coming out in the moonlight.
Another excerpt from ‘What Tail? Roberta R. Barnes © 2014
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.”
When you read what Misty’s cousins said you might find yourself giggling. As you read on you discover what she did that changed things in the Annan Woods forever.
With the combination of a weasel’s plan, a wise old owl’s words and a fox’s act of kindness, a pompous bully changes in an unexpected way.
When reading What Tail? children might take a deep breath, cross his or her fingers when this animal slips on a leaf at the wrong time, or continue guessing about Ve’s tail.
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When reading What Tail? not only is the imagination stimulated by the adventures of the most unlikely of animals, but secrets are revealed.
Why the animals says 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 anyhing that you want.
This may seem like a long list for one book, but when a little girl decides to find her own answers and you have a one-of-a-kind animal anything can happen.
Many adventures happen in and around the raspberry bushes.
- “Of course I talk. What did you think the raspberry bush was growing fur,” said the voice that came from two black eyes under a raspberry leaf.
- Silver Tip hunched his shoulders and said, “I will go into the raspberry patch and get ready to catch my supper”.
- “Silver Tip,” Old King Bear yelled “you never learn do you? That is my raspberry patch”.
- “Ve I think your tummy has you confused. Unless you know of a raspberry patch besides that big raspberry patch by the little meadow we need to talk. Well really, I need to talk and you need to listen.”
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.
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
Today with all of our technology you can get facts on how things actual are or should be with one click. Be that as it may, 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 right, and a good tool when used correctly.
Reading ‘What Tail?’ is a wonderful way to awaken a child’s imagination.
Adults are merely keeping the driver’s seat warm for children to drive our future into the way that is best for all. Acceptance of other’s differences is the perfect direction in which to drive away from conflict.
The adventures in ‘What Tail?’ that take place in the Annan Woods are different because what happens is most often something you might call different. That animal you might have seen but forgot to remember walks and talks like other animals. He likes to run through the meadow on sunny mornings like other animals, but he is different from all the other animals.
Ve had decided that he is bad different, but Wolvie corrected him. “There is no good different or bad different. There is just different.” As you read about Wolvie’s Plan you discover that being different can be a very helpful thing.
A harmonious world where everyone accepts those who look and act differently can begin with our children. Acceptance leads to balance and harmony, which leads to peace.
You can order either edition of ‘What Tail?’ through Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Balboa Press, other online retailers, or ask your local bookstore to order it for you.
One of the subtle messages woven into the unusual adventures in What Tail? is the gifts that come from 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.
You may find yourself shaking your head, keeping your fingers crossed, and clapping as you read the adventures that unfold after Ve faces the biggest problem he has ever had at that point in his life.
What Tail? is a story that shows being different from others in a new light; as one or my students said, “it 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.
Most of the violence in this world is rooted in people not accepting others who are different.
When every child learns acceptance today, the world changes tomorrow.
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?’.
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?’.