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Actual Size (edition 2011)

by Steve Jenkins

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

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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 |
This book is excellent for students who want to learn more about animals. This is a huge informational book that displays pictures that are the actual size of that animal. Often when you read informational animal books, they shrink the size of the animal to fit into the book. Not this one! There are many different animals or parts of animals in this book. For example, the one page has a picture of a squids eyeball, it takes up the whole page and is about the size of a basketball. The illustrations look very realistic and is a fun book to read to students.

This book features some basic information on each animal. If you want to find out even more information on a specific animal, there is more detailed information in the back of the book. ( )
  mwatki5 | Oct 20, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading Actual size. This book had two great things going for it, illustration and writing. The great thing about the illustration in this book is it was interactive. On one page it showed a life size picture of a gorillas hand so that readers could hold their hand up to compare and on a different page it had a fold out feature to show how big an alligators mouth can get. I also really enjoyed the writing in this book. Each page had an interesting fact about the animal it was showing, so it was easy to follow. However no two pages where the same so it did not drag along. Every page opens with a phrase “like did you know” but every page had a different fact. One page talked about how ostriches are the larges bird on the planet and a different page talks about how gorillas and lemurs have hands like humans. The way it was written kept the information interesting without dragging on. Because this was an informational book there was no deeper meaning or big idea other than to learn about different animals ( )
  CameronMoltz | Oct 3, 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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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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