Title: Actual Size
Written and Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes/topics: animals, nature, size
Opening: Did you ever look a giant squid in the eye? Have you shaken hands with a gorilla or been face to face with a tiger? All of the animals in this book are shown at actual size, so you can see how you measure up to creatures both large and small.
Brief synopsis: (from barnesandnoble.com) How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head?
Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story.
Sometimes you need to see things for yourself—at their actual size.
Links to resources:
Activity page with math and science ideas on Parent/Teacher Resource page.
Why I like this book: This book invites observation and discussion. Kids love to compare their hands, heads, etc to the body parts of animals. (I love the fold out page!) The text is minimal, yet offers a variety of science, math and language opportunities. The back matter contains information useful for extension activities and for those children in a higher age range or comprehension level. This is one book that just wouldn’t be as good as an e-book. And I’m not the only one who likes this book – my two-and-a-half year-old granddaughter loves it!
Visit author Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Books for a plethora of picture books listed by title and topic/theme, each with teacher/parent resources.
8 thoughts on “Actual Size”
The cover art is so intriguing. Looking forward to reading this one. My library list has bulked up this week.
wait till you see the inside! 🙂
Yes, I agree with Stacy. I love the cover. Kids will really have fun with this book. I love that it is a STEM book too. Lovely review!
It’s a fun one! And it would make a great mentor text for kids to create a class book.
Brilliant idea! And as Stacy said, the artwork really pulls you in. Thanks for sharing this book with us!
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I had forgotten about this book, but it’s so well done. I will have to look for it for my K class!
Perfect for K for so many extensions! Hope you enjoy it!
what a wonderful book. Thanks for including it in the picture book round-up… you’ve reminded me to go back and look at it again.
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