Project Description


Stick Out Your Tongue!

Fantastic Facts, Features, and Functions of Animal and Human Tongues

by Joan Bonsignore
illustrated by John T. Ward

“Tongues aren’t just for licking ice cream cones. Tongues are for tasting, but that’s not all they do. Animals use their tongues in all sorts of amazing ways.”

Young readers will delight in discovering fascinating facts about the unusual features and functions of animal and human tongues. Animals use their tongues in all sorts of amazing ways. In addition to tasting, tongues are used for collecting food and catching prey, cleaning fur and eyes, and even touching and smelling! A simple phrase at the beginning of each spread draws the reader’s attention, while a longer paragraph explains the amazing feature illustrated.

This informative and entertaining investigation written by author Joan Bonsignore offers astounding tongue facts that will amaze and enchant young readers. Realistic and accurately detailed illustrations by John T. Ward depict each animal’s tongue in action.

Did you know these incredible tongue facts?

  • The anteater’s tongue can stretch to the height of a two-year old child.
  • The archerfish uses its tongue like a squirt gun to shoot down its prey.
  • The gecko swipes its tongue back and forth like windshield wipers to clean its eyes.

The next time someone sticks his tongue out at you, remember that he is showing you a very special part of himself. Go ahead and stick yours out too!

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-230-9
Total Pages: 32
Size: 9 3/4 x 9 1/2
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 55178
AR Reading Level: 5.4
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: O
F&P Grade: 3


“…the brief, smooth text will appeal to children…. the subject is intriguing….” ―Booklist

Meet the Author

Joan Bonsignore holds a BA and MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taught in elementary schools and worked with adults with developmental disabilities. Now a middle school teacher, she lives in Massachusetts.

Meet the Illustrator

John T. Ward has illustrated several books, including Stick Out Your Tongue!, Hide and Seek, Beauregard and the Big Black Cat, and A Place for Me in God’s Family. He holds degrees from Niagra University, State University of New York, Plattsburg, and Syracuse University. He lives in New York.