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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Actual Size (edition 2006)

by Steve Jenkins

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Title:Actual Size
Authors:Steve Jenkins
Info:Frances Lincoln Childrens Books (2006), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library, Children's/YA Books, 5 Star Books
Tags:Children's, Nature, Wildlife, Children's Non-fiction

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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

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Informational literature, picture book
  Jubilee22 | Jul 27, 2015 |
A must have book that shows several animals life size. Gives a lot of information and detail on these specimens. This book has to be a part of my library. Kids will love this book. PK - 8th grades. For my classroom, this would be an education specific book to do a unit on each animal presented. I could pair off my students allowing each group to select a given topic for information and illustration. My idea would not be a report but just information and illustration. This would be enjoyable time for them on the computers and in the art center. Also, a lot of information is provided in the back of the book which can be shared with the students. We also can involve ourselves in outdoor education drawing comparing and contrasting these animals on parking lots at the school. The kids would have a blast with these activities. The learning would be grand. Students could spend time studying the illustrations and art form. ( )
  daphnejohnson | Jun 22, 2015 |
shows actual size of feet and hands of some animals.
  cadyVdean | Dec 8, 2014 |
Book about various animals and the acutal size of some of their feet/hands. Interactive book while being informational as well. End page has facts about each animal talked about in the book.
  kzilinskas | Nov 16, 2014 |
This book shows you the actual size of animals, (elephants, gorillas, crocodiles, spiders, etc.) If the child would put their hand up to the pages in this book, they will discover this. How really a big a crocodiles head and elephant's foot are. This is a very helpful book to let children understand the actual size of not every day things that you wouldn't normally see. ( )
  acreel | Oct 2, 2014 |
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This is a great book to engage younger readers in nonfiction. One of my issues with many nonfiction books, especially books about animals, is that things are rarely drawn to scale. This book addresses that issue! Body parts are drawn to scale and compared page by page. This is a great book for the science shelf in the classroom. A great project would be for students to draw out their own favorite animal parts on paper to compare along a hallway or classroom wall. One of the kindergarten classrooms near my office has the kids draw life-size penguins of various species to post on the wall, and using measuring tapes they mark out the length of small whales on the hallway floor. This book could fit in a class lesson like that easily.
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Steve Jenkins (What Do You Do with a Tail Like This ?) returns with another inventive, involving picture book--this time inviting young readers to see how they measure up against a variety of different animals (represented in colorful, cut-paper collages at actual size).

Each spread of Actual Size presents a new animal or two for readers to check out, along with a few interesting facts and physical dimensions. Some of the colorful collages display the entire animal at actual scale (like the fleshy, 36-inch length of a giant Gippsland earthworm)while others can only feature what fits on the page (an African elephant's foot, a Siberian tiger's face, or even just a gaping maw sporting a few four-inch-long teeth of a great white shark). Two fun fold-outs show a Goliath frog ("It's big enough to catch and eat birds and rats") and the long, toothy smile of a saltwater crocodile ("the world's largest reptile... a man-eater").

Jenkins' collages capture the texture and color of these cut-out creatures, and the thoughtful inclusion of an illustrated index shows each animal in its scaled-down entirety, accompanied by longer, fact-filled descriptions. While younger kids might not appreciate the subtlety of the book's clever "actual-size" trope, readers young and old will love all the close-up views and learn a few things along the way. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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Discusses and gives examples of the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals.

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