Just as you cannot expect to know who does or does not have a tail by the cover of this book, in the Annan Woods what you see is usually quite different from what you expect to see.

What Tail?  by R.R. Barnes invokes and enhances the imagination as a little girl searching for secrets discovers a one-of-a-kind animal, secrets, other unique animals and unexpected adventures.  

If you go into the Annan woods, which is behind the great pine forest,  you will probably remember Silver Tip and Wolvie, because they do not look like any fox or weasel you have seen before.

On the other hand, or paw, the animals with a great smile you  will, the same as everyone does, forget to remember what he looks like. You might even forget to remember his big secret, but your imagination will be in full gear.


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 Albert Einstein said “the imagination is more important than knowledge”.  What Tail? by R. R. Barnes helps to awaken the imaginations of today’s children so the future Albert Einsteins and Thomas Edisons can step forward.

While What Tail? by R.R. Barnes fits into the category of “children ages 6- 12”, children of all ages, and some adults, find themselves laughing out loud in places, turning pages to discover secrets, and being delightfully surprised by the unexpected adventures.


“This is an amazing children’s book with the base of an excellent unique idea that unfolds to show children the strong subtle moral lesson to accept others who look and act differently”. Jim    

The back cover offers you clues as to why What Tail by R.R. Barnes was an Amazon’s best seller.  

What Tail? by R. R. Barnes 

Insightful is:

  1. accepting others who look or act different from you can lead to friendships,
  2. sometimes looking different then others can be unexpected fun
  3. one act of kindness can make an positive change in the most unlikely of places

Delightful is:

  1.  a land of secrets that begins with the flowers in the big meadow
  2.  a smile is the only thing you will not forget to remember when you are not looking at a certain animal
  3.  unexpected adventures that bring smiles
  4. a friend with a secret you should never talk about
  5. the words of a very wise old owl who is the wisest of all wise owls

IMG - Copy 3The first edition was printed with a dust jacket featuring the wise old Mr. owl.  To your left is the second edition with a less expensive cover.                                                                                                                    The story inside with all the secrets, adventures and unique animals is the same.  Looking at the cover you might notice the light shining on the path that leads the reader to see how friends who look very different from each other can have exciting adventures and fun.  

CONTENTS:  Chapter 1–Follow Your Nose,  Chapter 2–Breaking the Rules,  Chapter 3–The Wisest of All,  Chapter 4– Sharing Secrets,  Chapter 5–Finding the Magic,  Chapter 6–It is Not the Blackberries, Chapter 7–Drink Your Tea,  Chapter 8–The Plan,  Chapter 9–The Broken Bed,  Chapter 10–I’m Not a Cat,  Chapter 11–Surprises and Moonlight

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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

You will discover an animal  who 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 animal.

  Another reader said, 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


 The adventures will have readers laughing, sitting on the edge of their seats and learning interesting facts about some wildlife as your5 imagine shifts into high gear.  If you would like to read what Misty saw when she fist went into the Big Meadow click the following  <page 2 in the first chapter ‘Follow Your Nose’>.  


 Franklin Delano Roosevelt said,  “We cannot always know the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”.

Everything we see, hear, and experience is our teacher. What Tail? is not only filled with unexpected adventures and unique animals, but the subtle message of acceptance of the differences in others.  Accepting others just the way they are and celebrating their own differences, put children on a great path.


   “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 

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 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. 

 The story within What Tail? has not changed, just the cover. 

The first edition with dust jacket, as you see the little reading in the photograph below, is available though Balboa Press, Amazon and many other online retailers

While What Tail? is the question everyone asks but no one answers, there are some questions that are answered 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 may begin laughing out loud; even Ve made the wise old Mr. Owl turn his head to let out a giggle.

 Perfect children's book


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. 



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


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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..   




 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 adult reader 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  


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