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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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Summary: Actual size is a nonfiction book that shows the actual size of many creatures. There are 18 total illustrations ranging from the size of pygmy lemur to the three page fold out of an alligator. Facts and dimensions are supplied for each animal, with more information about each animal at the back of the book.

Personal Connection: I love the idea behind the construction of this book- it has lively, bright, but still realistic illustrations, and a lot of information available in the back of the book- to help adults, but not overwhelm young readers.

-Orbis Pictus Award, 2005
-Meet the Author movie: https://www.teachingbooks.net/author_collection.cgi?id=26&mid=50
-Author's personal website: http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com/

Applications to Teaching: This book would be excellent to use in a non-fiction animals unit, and would greatly excite children with it's bright illustrations, and surprising facts! ( )
  alliecipolla | Jul 19, 2017 |
What an eye catching book as Jenkins takes animals big and small to compare. Measure your hand with a gorilla or see the small fish! This book will catch all students attention! ( )
  booklist520 | May 6, 2017 |
A book that compares the size of different animals
  Barbara69 | Mar 21, 2017 |
Illustrations: collages of cut and torn paper. This book described and showed a picture of how big or small different animals are and used actual sizes of an animals hand, foot, tail, head, eye, or body in the book to give the readers an accurate visual. Each page had a different animal represented on it in a different way that showed how uniquely big or small the animal was. This book is informational because all of the information in the book is true and gives information about a specific topic throughout the book. Age appropriateness: primary, intermediate. ( )
  allieburks | Mar 10, 2017 |
An informational text using Steve Jenkin's ingenious collage work to complement the factual information. "On a trip to the San Diego Zoo with my son Alec, who was 12 at the time, I saw a metal cast of a gorilla's hand. It was mounted at a child's height, and every child (and many adults) that walked past compared their hand to the gorilla's. I thought at the time that here was a book asking to be made. I wanted to include large and small animals, some familiar and some less well known. The biggest problem was how to show animals that are much larger than the book. The solution was to include just a part — an eye, a foot, or a snout. At the back of the book are small illustrations showing each animal in its entirety along with information about habits, diet, and habitat." - Steve Jenkins

Teaching Connections: informational research projects, nonfiction text features

Website Resources: http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
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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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