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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
Rating:*****
Tags:Children's, Hdbk, Nature, Wildlife, Children's Non-fiction

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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

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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 |
A wonderful resource that allows readers to up cozy to animals/or parts of the animals. Wonderfully supplemented with text that treads between the extremes of being so long that young children lose interest, and so sketchy that little is gained from the definitions. The book provides wonderful opportunities for tactile interaction. My own 6 year old enjoyed comparing her hands and fingers to the different animals represented in this colorful text.

I would use this as a music and movement opportunity. Allowing kids to role play different animals. I would also draw music tempo connections between the different animal types. Then I would create a musical soundscape using Orff instruments.

Another possible use would be to link relevent portions of Carnival of the Animals to the text. ( )
  Desirichter | Jun 18, 2014 |
shows children the actual size of animals an alligator, different eggs..etc.
  tina265 | Apr 22, 2014 |
(I used this for my informational book assignment.)

In this book, Steven Jenkins illustrates animals, or close up parts of animals, at their actual size.

This helps get kids to connect and compare their size with the animal on the page. It helps to make size real. The collage style is really neat and the lack of background and setting helps the kids focus on the animal (or animal part). I think Steve Jenkins does such a great job of pulling in the reader and connecting. This is an ingenious way to explain a difficult concept to young children, and it is done beautifully! ( )
  BrittaSorensen | Nov 12, 2013 |
Shows animals at actual size in the book, so kids can learn about animals of different sizes but be actual size.
  TriciaETaylor | Nov 1, 2013 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0618375945, Hardcover)

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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