Biggest, Strongest, Fastest

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The biggest snake, the anaconda, can swallow a deer or goat whole. The smallest mammal, the Etruscan shrew, could easily sleep in a teaspoon. In a striking full-color collage, each spread of Biggest, Strongest, Fastest portrays an animal that stands out in the animal world as the largest, slowest, longest lived. Readers can see the animal's size in relation to something familiar, and a chart on the last page indicates the size, weight, and diet of each animal, as well as where it can be found in the wild. ...

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Overview

The biggest snake, the anaconda, can swallow a deer or goat whole. The smallest mammal, the Etruscan shrew, could easily sleep in a teaspoon. In a striking full-color collage, each spread of Biggest, Strongest, Fastest portrays an animal that stands out in the animal world as the largest, slowest, longest lived. Readers can see the animal's size in relation to something familiar, and a chart on the last page indicates the size, weight, and diet of each animal, as well as where it can be found in the wild. Biggest, Strongest, Fastest is an entertaining, informative introduction to the "world records" held by fourteen members of the animal kingdom.

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"Here's proof that power isn't just about size and that science can be a lot of fun." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For kids who ask those impossible questions- what animal is the biggest, or smallest, longest or shortest, and so on-Jenkins has created a delightful series of answers using full color cut paper collage illustrations. From the streaking cheetah on the cover to the tiny Etruscan shrew sitting on a teaspoon, readers see the animal and learn salient facts plus a few more delicious tidbits. Cleverly done and sure to appeal to both the littlest and biggest of readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395861363
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 121,169
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

    Great book for small children

    The illustrations are so beautifully done in this book, your child won't even care that you're basically just reading a bunch of facts about animals to them. I love how for many of the animals, there is a small drawing of a human compared to the animal in question. The human next to the sun jellyfish is truly amazing. This book is not a story book, so if that's what you're looking for, you will be dissappointed. My 4-year-old daughter enjoyed listening to me read the book, though she probably didn't understand everything I said.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    5 stars for the book, 1 star for the electronic formating

    My 8yo son loves this book! Would recommend to any child who loves science and animals!
    BUT, the electronic version is terrible! The pages are too small to read the words. The solution was to reprint the words after each page which puts the words about one animal with the picture of the next animal. Very frustrating to be reading about a whale while looking at a shrew.
    I wouldn't have bought it had I known.

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