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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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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 |
One of my all-time favorite nonfiction children's books. Bring the zoo home with this must have! Inspires so many to read. There's nothing like exploring life that is literally larger than your own! ( )
  CourtneyElizabeth | Aug 3, 2016 |
This book shows detailed pictures of parts of different animals at actual size! The illustrations are to scale, colorful, and made out of cut paper.
  LeahAlvey | Jul 27, 2016 |
Actual Size presents life-size illustrations of animals or parts of animals. Each illustration is accompanied by a sentence about the animal as well as details about the size. For instance, the atlas moth has a wingspan of 12 inches and is mistaken as a bird due to its large size. On another page are great white shark teeth which are 4 inches long. The back of the book provides additional information about the featured animals, their habitat, diet, etc.

This book is a good example of an informational book because it presents factual information using different perspectives and accurate illustrations that properly display the actual size of animals. The additional information in the back of the book allows the teacher or students to explore the animals in more detail.

GENRE: Informational

- have students make life-size illustrations of animals or parts of animals
- provide as resources for basic research projects
  sso14 | Apr 9, 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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