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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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Great story to have as apart of your collection! The book is about animals and the actual size of such. ( )
  KassRuiz | Dec 3, 2015 |
This book is about animals and how big they really are.

Personal reaction:
I really like this book for kids because when they learn about animal but have never seen them its hard to get an idea of how big they are.

Classroom extension ideas:
- The students close their eyes and the teacher describes an animal and they have tot try and guess what kind of animal it is.
- there are centers with a bunch of different animal figures and they put them in order from largest to smallest.
  Megan_Livsey | Nov 25, 2015 |
A fun book this one is! I enjoyed reading it because the illustrations were amazing and fun to look at.
  ninaberger | Nov 20, 2015 |
49 months - This would be a good book for younger toddler age children to learn about size and scale.

Update - found at the thrift store for $1. It's a hit with the 1 1/2 yr old. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Informational literature, picture book
  Jubilee22 | Jul 27, 2015 |
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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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