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Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little (2009)
by Nicola Davies
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I would love to have this fun and colorful book in my library! The illustrations are great to keep students engaged and interested in what the book is trying to teach them. There are lots of different things students can learn from this book. There's all different kinds of geometry implemented throughout! ( )
This book is able to teach how area and volume scale with lengths, and how this contributes to life. It also presents this lesson in many different ways. You also learned a lot of fun facts about animals weight and size. The illustrations in the book are also really easy for children to understand and mentally digest. This book will serve thrill children who enjoy learning about nature.
This picture book was a good picture book that l would recommend to a student that was confused about size. I would also recommend this book to those students that are interested in animals. It seems more geared to younger kids but is definitely a good read.
This book shows you why animals are the size that they are through the evolutionary theory. The book could be used for Science classes because it gives great examples of 'survivor of the fittest'. It also can be used in math because of the size proportions used in the book. This is a great and interesting read for students because the book is very detailed, factual, and yet understandable.
A charming little walk through evolutionary theory. Ms. Davies explains the theories and offers countless real-world examples to support them; Mr. Layton's illustrations bring the concepts to life in amusing vignettes. The style is suitable for 5th grade on (in my uneducated opinion), and the author takes great pains to explain any terminology that may be unfamiliar to the reader (there's also a glossary in the back to help). This book is a great way to introduce younger readers to the ideas of evolutionary biology, geometric ratios, and the kaleidoscope of spectacularly unique animals that inhabit the planet. Some background information about dinosaurs is assumed, but most everything else is carefully and wittily explained in the text.
This book uses cartoon-style art and geometry to explain the relationship between an animal's size and its abilities.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)591.4Natural sciences and mathematics Zoology Specific topics in natural history of animals Morphology; Comparative anatomy; Homologies
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2 editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.
Editions: 0763639249, 0763653004