Delightful and Insightful Children’s Book

WHAT TAIL? by R.R. Barnes (Roberta. R. Barnes)

All the adventures and secrets begin with a little girl following the smells in the great pine forest that are not pinecones or pine needles. 

These smells leads her to where she accidently pulls the fur of an animal she has never seen before. The adventures begin when she cannot ask anyone about the animal because she has forgotten to remember what the animal looked like. When you are looking at the animal you know what he looks like, but when anyone is not looking at him, they cannot remember how long his tail was or even if he had a tail. 


While the little girl is deciding whether or not to return to the land with that animal that might or might not have a tail, that animal is deciding if he should share a secret. What follows in this land where no one except one little girl goes are secrets and unexpected adventures with other animals and the wisest of all wise owls.

Even some adults have laughed out loud in places, crossed their fingers when an animal slips on a leaf at the worst possible time, and were surprised at the secrets and unexpected adventures that happen in these Woods.  


One read wrote, “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 2014

Delightful is:

  1.  the secrets that abound in the Annan Woods
  2.  while the little girl forgot to remember what the animal looked like, his smile is something she will never forget to remember.
  3.  the unexpected adventures that bring smiles
  4. the wise words shared by the wisest of all wise owls, sun beams and breezes.
  5. what happens when you accept others who look or act different from you 
  6. the fun that unfolds simply because you are different than others. 
  7. the most unlikely positive change that comes from one little act of kindness

Insightful is the subtle message woven into the animals’ secrets and unexpected adventures. Children reading, or having this book read to them, can expect to have their imaginations shifted into high gear where many what if” questions are formed.

Albert Einstein said, “the imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”. 


Most of our technology began with seeds planted in the ‘what if’ section of the inventor’s imagination, ‘What Tail?’ by R. R. Barnes can help a child’s imagination go into full gear.

What Tail? can also help the reader to uncover a passion for wildlife and learn some of Mother Nature’s secrets through the adventures of unique animals, a wise owl, and a little girl. 


What Tail? helps to awaken the imaginations of today’s children so the future Albert Einsteins and Thomas Edisons can step forward.

 It is not just the adventures and secrets that spur a child’s imagination; everyone forgetting to remember how long a certain animal’s tail is or even if he has one, triggers the imagination to go into high gear. 

What Tail? takes you away from the normal expected world to a fantasy world where what you can expect is the unexpected. The wise old Mr. Owl helps an animal with a big secret he thinks is a terrible thing to discover that sometimes being different than others can be fun.

Do you know what happens when a little girl decides to ignore what other people say and ends up following her nose to find her own answers?  You will when you read this book. 

On the other hand, or paw, how do you stop forgetting to remember what the animal with a great smile looks like?  A little girl who decides to find her own answers gives you a hint. 


To add to the unexpected, What Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes first published in 2014 in hardcover with a dust jacket.  What Tail? was published again in 2016 with a different less expensive cover and my name was shortened to R.R. Barnes.  As you scroll down you can see both covers on the same book filled with the same adventures that can spur the imagination.


Same book with two covers, that tell you all about — On the other side of the mountain where the sun disappears every night is the Great Pine Forest.  When you are in the forest your nose is filled with sweet, yummy smells you can almost taste when you close your eyes. But — the sweet smells are not pine smells.   


No one asked how pine trees could make such yummy smells except one little girl who decided to follow her nose. She follows her nose to the big meadow in the Annan Woods where the most unexpected adventures begin.

Imagine the secrets and adventures that unfold once a unique animal with no friends explains his secret to the wise old owl who is the wisest of all wise owls. Then read What Tail? by R.R. Barnes ( Roberta R. Barnes) filled with secrets and adventures that you never imagined. 

Children's book What Tail? by R. R. Barnes 

Order today and discover the insight and delight in: 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


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 reading 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


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

 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? by R.R. Barnes is filled with the unexpected adventures of unique animals that are different from others in their families.  Those adventures show children how accepting others just the way they are and celebrating their own differences can open doors to putting them on a fun path.  

More readers’ reviews. 

“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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While the reader is guessing about that tail in What Tail? by R.R. Barnes, answers to the following questions are revealed . . . 

  • 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 when his 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.


Below is a sneak peak into ‘What Tail? Roberta R. Barnes © 2014 Or What Tail? by R. R. Barnes © 2016 same book simply a different less expensive cover.

     Thinking about the ghost, Misty started to turn around and go home. Instead, she sat on the soft ground and thought.”

     “Misty remembered how her cousins said that . . .

Uncover the secrets and find the magic by going to amazon, Barnes & Nobel or other retailer and Ordering your copy today. 

 There are times when even an adult may begin laughing out loud; even the wise old Mr. Owl had to turn his head to let out a giggle.

 What Tail? by R. R. Barnes is 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 that tail.



Uncover the secrets and magic by ordering today the original hardcover with dust jacket published in 2014,.  or Barnes & Nobel  Or other online retailers, or your local bookstore

OR Order he same book only with a different more affordable cover published in 2016. 

A little confusing, but only the cover has changed. Today you can purchase the same book, What Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes in hard cover with dust jacket or What Tail? by R.R. Barnes as shown.     What Tail?


The same delightful and insightful story is within each cover that looks different, giving you the choice, of which cover to buy.

 The only difference between What Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes with a dust jacket and What Tail? by R.R. Barnes without a dust jacket is the cover design.  

Order What Tail? by R.R. Barnes, Today at  Barnes & Nobel or  at or other retailers to spur your child’s imagination,

If you still need a reason to order your copy What Tail? by R.R. Barnes read what Misty saw when she fist went into the Big Meadow  <page 2 in the first chapter ‘Follow Your Nose’>. 


What Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes published in 2014 and is still available though Barnes & Nobel.  and many other online retailers.  

Order today and enjoy a “unique and charming story”.                                    

You will know Silver Tip when you see him because he looks different than any fox you have ever seen before; like everything in the Annan Woods how he looks today might not be the same way he looks tomorrow.

Another reader’s review — “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

A child’s imagination becoming dormant is a waste of a wonderful gift each child receives at birth .Reading ‘What Tail?’ is the perfect way to awaken a child’s imagination.

Awaken a child's imagination The next time you meet someone who has a great smile and is fun to be around will it matter if you forget to remember what he or she looks like, or even has or does not have 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. 

Fantasy books are a fun way to learn positive things.  Certain traits and adventures of these unique characters in the Annan Woods are metaphors and the subconscious loves metaphors.

While the non-fiction Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai manuals I have written are only available to my students, everyone can purchase my children’s book What Tail?’ by R. R. Barnes  (Roberta R. Barnes) 


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