Official Review: The Tails/Tales of Fin and Fang

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Official Review: The Tails/Tales of Fin and Fang

Post by unamilagra » 16 Aug 2019, 15:53

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Tails/Tales of Fin and Fang" by Kat Morris.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Fin and Fang are twin fox brothers who couldn’t be more different. Fin is a morning fox, while Fang is definitely not. Fang is bold and adventurous; Fin is more cautious. But despite being opposites, these twins are very close. When they get together, one thing is for sure: they always manage to get into some mischief.

The author, Kat Morris, is a former special education teacher. As she states in her Author’s Note, she always had difficulty teaching her students homophones, which are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things. In an effort to help children master homophones, she plans to create a series revolving around Fin and Fang. The Tails/Tales of Fin and Fang: Bare/Bear Trouble appears to be the first book. Focusing on the difference between bear and bare, this book follows Fin and Fang as they set out to play one of their famous pranks on their friend Bear.

This children’s book has a lot going for it. Fin and Fang are characters that are easy to like, and despite their penchant for getting into mischief, they have good hearts. The author incorporates a lot of humor into the story. Young readers will be giggling at the brothers’ mishaps and the references to their “Foxbook page” and “Pineapple phone.”

The book features full-page pictures that are beautifully drawn and colored. I really like that the drawings clearly show the characters’ emotions throughout the story. As our world becomes more and more digitalized, it’s important to squeeze in opportunities for social-emotional learning anywhere you can. Learning to identify others’ emotions is a key step toward developing empathy.

I appreciate the educational aspect of this book. The words bear and bare appear in context throughout the book, but if I could change one thing, it would be that the words would take a more central place in the story. If the characters had confused the words and learned the difference themselves, it might help hammer the point home to readers. In addition to the focus on the homophones, the author includes a glossary of advanced vocabulary words used in the story.

I also think the messaging of the book is positive. As their ill-conceived prank is underway, Fin and Fang realize that perhaps having fun at their friend’s expense isn’t the best idea. They discover the forest holds real dangers, and the animals should be helping each other and keeping each other safe. I love that this message is clearly articulated in a way that children will understand.

I did find two minor errors that need to be corrected, but overall the book appears professionally edited. Because of the great story and the educational value, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is best geared toward late elementary schoolers who have mastered basic reading skills and are ready to expand their vocabulary. The themes addressed in this book are relevant to this age group as well.

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 21 Aug 2019, 04:18

This was an adorable read and I love that it was well edited too! Great review and I would love to check this book out soon

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Post by Wanjugush » 21 Aug 2019, 08:47

This sounds like an interesting children's book. Awesome review.

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Post by Everydayadventure15 » 21 Aug 2019, 10:28

I love the multiple layers of educational value in this little book. I would definitely like to read this one with my kiddo! Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Kelyn » 21 Aug 2019, 16:21

As a Reading Specialist, I've always had a similar passion for helping children learn to read. I love the way the author has presented educational content in a fun and understandable way. Great review!

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Post by kdstrack » 21 Aug 2019, 18:11

What an innovative way to teach homophones! I agree that the bears are easy to love and the story line of the twin brothers is appealing. This series would work well in the classroom and even with ESL learners. Thanks for the wonderful recommendation.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Aug 2019, 19:11

What a fabulous way to teach homophones! Those are hard even for adults. I love this and will have to look into it further. Thanks so much!
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 21 Aug 2019, 20:36

This sounds like quite an educational book; thanks for the lovely review!

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Post by unamilagra » 21 Aug 2019, 21:43

Nivi Gideon wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 04:18
This was an adorable read and I love that it was well edited too! Great review and I would love to check this book out soon
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy it!


Wanjugush wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 08:47
This sounds like an interesting children's book. Awesome review.
Thank you, and thank you for commenting!


Everydayadventure15 wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 10:28
I love the multiple layers of educational value in this little book. I would definitely like to read this one with my kiddo! Thanks for the great review!
Thank you for commenting, I hope you enjoy the book!


Kelyn wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 16:21
As a Reading Specialist, I've always had a similar passion for helping children learn to read. I love the way the author has presented educational content in a fun and understandable way. Great review!
I love hearing the perspective of an educator. Than you for stopping by!


kdstrack wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 18:11
What an innovative way to teach homophones! I agree that the bears are easy to love and the story line of the twin brothers is appealing. This series would work well in the classroom and even with ESL learners. Thanks for the wonderful recommendation.
Thanks for your comment!


kandscreeley wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 19:11
What a fabulous way to teach homophones! Those are hard even for adults. I love this and will have to look into it further. Thanks so much!
Thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy the book!


Stephanie Elizabeth wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 20:36
This sounds like quite an educational book; thanks for the lovely review!
Thank you for stopping by!

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Post by Wyland » 22 Aug 2019, 06:28

I like the practical grammar lesson that this book discusses with its young readers. Thanks for an excellent review.

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Post by Prisallen » 22 Aug 2019, 08:10

I love the message that having fun at their friend's expense is not a great idea, and that they need to stick together. Thank you for a great review, as always!

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Post by OuKoyoo » 22 Aug 2019, 14:49

This sounds like a book that would make an interesting read for kids; particularly those who love educative book. Thanks, you did a great review.

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Post by Nerea » 22 Aug 2019, 14:59

I like that the book is educational and has humor in it. Indeed it's a book young readers will enjoy. Incredible review.
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Post by Magnify3 » 23 Aug 2019, 02:00

This sounds like a good book. The children get to learn homophones and that they should be helping one another. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by bookowlie » 23 Aug 2019, 10:46

Great review for what seems like a great book! I like the focus on homophones. It's nice when a book can teach as well as entertain.
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