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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Caution: Items are as Large (or as Small) As They Appear! Brace

    Caution: Items are as Large (or as Small) As They Appear!

    Brace yourselves; we're about to discover how big (or small) some of the most amazing animals on earth are! This informational book does an excellent job of putting the actual sizes of many animals that most of us will never come into contact with into the reader's perspective. These are animals that we surely have read about or heard about at some point, but sometimes it can be hard to visualize what an animal would really look like up close from just a definition or encyclopedia entry. The book features gate-fold pages and colorful illustrations comprised of "torn-and-cut paper collages depicting animals or their body parts" in (you guessed it!) their actual size. (Temple, Martinez, & Yokota, 2011, p. 366) By utilizing this form of artistic media, the author captures the finest details of the animal or body part featured. Seeing is believing, and this nature-inspired book will surely delight its readers when they discover how they actually measure up in size when compared to these animals!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012


    I teach 5th grade and used this book with a measurement lesson I found. The students enjoyed the "fun" learning activity. The pictures in the book were impressive!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005


    Reading this book is better than a trip to the zoo! Children can view, up close, eighteen different animals or creatures. They can compare their own body size to the life-size examples of the extremely large gorilla or to the tiniest of all fish, the dwarf goby. Across two of the pages, an African elephant foot is shown. It is enormous and children will be awed by it's gargantuan size. Children can gaze into the twelve inch eye of the giant squid and learn why squids need eyes the size of basketballs. Steve Jenkins does a remarkable job of presenting a selection of animals and creatures to young readers. His illustrations, which are a collage of cut and torn paper, capture a part of each animal in great, life-sized detail. The illustrations are displayed on plain white paper, so as not to distract from the features of the animal. They are well designed, artistically pleasing and relate the true magnitude of each specific aspect. Every illustration is accompanied by a brief sentence which offers interesting and amazing statistics about the animal's size. The text is simple yet factual. At the end of the book, Jenkins includes a small picture and short paragraph describing each animal's habitat, hunting practices and food preferences. This book definetely generates reader involvement and would be a great assest in any classroom or for a child's personal library.

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    Posted December 5, 2008

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