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Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

Inch by Inch

by Leo Lionni

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Lindsey Johnson

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Kindergarten-2nd grade

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Book Summary: A robin is about to eat an inch worm, but when the inch worm told the robin he was useful because he could measure things. So he measured the robins tail. Then he went off with the robin to measure other birds. One day a nightingale said if he didn’t measure his song he would eat him. So the inch worm thought about this, then told the bird to sing. As the nightingale sang the inch worm inched away, until he inched out of sight.

Quality: This is a cute book about outsmarting enemies. I always love Leo Lionni’s books, they are all great.

Extension Activities:
1. Create a diorama.
2. Readers Theater.
  LindseyJohnson | Feb 8, 2015 |
Clever inchworm measures his way out of problems with a variety of birds. Popular picture book to use with Math and Science lessons. ( )
  root.katy | Jun 9, 2014 |
Inch by Inch
By Leo Lionni (1995)

I liked Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni for three reasons. First, I liked how the inchworm was displayed about an inch long. By making the worm an inch long, readers can understand the reliability of its measurements. Second, I liked how the book introduces children to the use of standard measurement tools. Positively, the book could be used as a facilitator to a thematic unit on measurement. Lastly, I liked how the worm sees himself as useful, and measures various birds’ features; Mostly, I liked how he outwits the hungry nightingale at the end of the book by measuring his song, a non-measurable thing. Overall, there are several “big ideas” shown throughout Inch by Inch; for example, the book familiarizes children with various types of birds, introduces measuring, and the act of problem solving, which is seen by the worms ability to inch his way out of being eaten by different birds. ( )
  Mdierd1 | Mar 30, 2014 |
This is a story of an inchworm who is about to get eaten by a bird. When the inchworm tells the bird what he can do the bird wants to be measured, so do all of the other animals. I would use this book when teaching about measurements and inches. ( )
  rwalsh06 | Oct 8, 2013 |
Inch by Inch is about an inch worm who realizes that he can measure things. The animals around him hear about his ability and they all start to ask him to measure their beaks and tails. A sparrow asks the inch worm to measure his song. The inch worm tells the sparrow that he does not know how to do that. The sparrow then tells the inch worm that he will be eaten if he does not measure his song.
The inch worm pretends to measure the sparrows song, but he just inches away to his safety.

Personal Reaction:
I thought this book is a great way to show children the different things that can be measured. It also had a cute ending that was unpredictable.

Classroom extensions:
1. Showing children what can and cannot be measured
2. Teaching about animals
3. Examples of critical thinking
  KelseyBelden | Sep 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688132839, Paperback)

In this classic book, a winsome, winning inchworm is proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun.

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To keep from being eaten, an inchworm measures a robin's tail, a flamingo's neck, a toucan's beak, a heron's legs, and a nightingale's song.

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