Delightful & insightful children’s book–WHAT TAIL? by R.R. Barnes

You cannot tell a book by its cover may be a trite saying, but with What Tail? by R.R. Barnes it is true. 

Do you know what happens when a little girl decides to ignore other what other people say and end up following her nose to find her own answers? 

Even when you walk out pinch yourself and walk back in will know the secret in the big meadow?  

On the other hand, or paw, how do you stop forgetting to remember what the animal with a great smile looks like? 

Imagine the secrets and adventures that unfold once an animal with no friends explains his secret to the wise old owl who is the wisest of all wise owls. 

 To evoke your imagination in full gear Order What Tail? by R.R. Barnes Today at  Barnes & Nobe or at Amazon or other retailers.

 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, and being delightfully surprised as they uncover secrets and 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.  

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

Insightful is:

  1. what happens when you accept others who look or act different from you 
  2. the fun that unfolds simply because you are different than others. 
  3. the most unlikely positive change that comes from one little act of kindness

Delightful is:

  1.  the secrets that abound in the Annan Woods
  2.  a smile that a little girl 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.

excellent children's fantasy book To your left is the second edition.  Looking at the cover you might notice the light shining on the path that leads in the woods where you can expect the unexpected. 

Open the book and find:  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

Uncover the secrets and gind the magic by Ordering Today at Barnes & Nobe or at Amazon or through other retailers.


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


 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 not only filled with the unexpected adventures of unique animals that are different from others in their families.  Accepting others just the way they are and celebrating their own differences can open doors that 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.  

     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 . . .

Unique fantasy children's book

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

 The only difference between thin What Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes and What Tail? by R.R. Barnes is the cover.  

The first edition with dust jacket, is available though Balboa Press, Amazon and many other online retailers

While the question what tail is your to discover, you will be told the answer to the following questions:   

  • 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 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 the tail. 



What 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, and like everything in the Annan Woods how he looks today might change in the way he look tomorrow.What Tail? by R. R. Barnes


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


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


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...                   

   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 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.  


If you still need as reason to order read what Misty saw when she fist went into the Big Meadow  <page 2 in the first chapter ‘Follow Your Nose’>.  


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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