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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Actual Size (edition 2011)

by Steve Jenkins

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Title:Actual Size
Authors:Steve Jenkins
Info:Sandpiper (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 28 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Animals, Illustrations, Nonfiction, Reluctant readers, Glossary

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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins



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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

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  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
This book has pictures of various animals or animal parts at the size that they are in real life. This would be a great anticipatory set for a unit on measurement or a great way to talk about form and function in various animals. This book would be best with younger students. ( )
  ejoy13 | Dec 9, 2016 |
Steve Jenkins is the king of nonfiction within the walls of my classroom, and I assume many more around the world. My students have been captivated for years by the realistic depictions of animals both big and small and are frequently found sneaking off with Actual Size and putting their hands on the front cover, verifying just how large the gorilla's hand really is. Although this is classified as a science-related text, it lends itself quite easily to math by provoking readers to measure and compare. The illustrations are vibrant with a beautiful texture, but what really makes them special is the gimmick - young children might not comment on the depth the collaged paper gives the animals, but they will squeal with delight when they open the foldouts. ( )
  lscappel | Dec 2, 2016 |
This book is a huge hit in my classroom. The kids love Jenkins' illustration and are captivated by the actual size of the creatures in the book. Jenkins takes us through the animal kingdom and brings us face to face with some of the largest and smallest creatures on the planet. This book is great for a nonfiction read aloud during the cross curricular unit on living things and nonfiction text. ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Dec 1, 2016 |
provides realistic sizing of different animals and compares the different animals to each other.
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  TUCC | Nov 14, 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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