How Big is the Lion?: My First Book of Measuring

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It’s fun, it’s educational, it’s interactive, it’s a great gift—and it comes packaged with one of those everyday grown-up objects, the ruler, that is mysteriously, wonderfully compelling for children. How Big Is the Lion? is a first book of measuring that gives kids ages 4 and up the hands-on, measure-it-yourself thrill of using a ruler. How big is the lion? Use the ruler and find out.

Created by the folk artist William Accorsi, author of 10 Button Book and 10 Color Book, ...

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Overview

It’s fun, it’s educational, it’s interactive, it’s a great gift—and it comes packaged with one of those everyday grown-up objects, the ruler, that is mysteriously, wonderfully compelling for children. How Big Is the Lion? is a first book of measuring that gives kids ages 4 and up the hands-on, measure-it-yourself thrill of using a ruler. How big is the lion? Use the ruler and find out.

Created by the folk artist William Accorsi, author of 10 Button Book and 10 Color Book, together with 368,000 copies in print, How Big Is the Lion? is filled with catchy rhymes that guide children to use the ruler and measure. Can you measure the pink peacock? Is he taller than the croc? The original illustrations are made from colorful shapes of felt, buttons, and pieces of lace and string, and with dotted lines serving as guides for where to measure. Measurements can be made in either inches or centimeters; an answer key is included.

Plus, in addition to the adorable wooden ruler, which is nestled in the cover of the book and attached to the cover by a ribbon, this book comes with a five-foot growth chart featuring art not included in book: Measure this book or measure your shoe. Then measure yourself: How tall are you?

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This interactive board book proves that measuring isn't just essential; it's also fun. How Big Is The Lion? puts a ruler in the hands of kids and enables to measure the King of Beasts for the first (and almost certainly last) time in their lives. A measuring start-up for youngsters four and up.

Publishers Weekly
Using a six-inch wooden ruler attached to this board book by a red ribbon, readers can measure collaged objects made from felt and other sewing-box materials ("Can you measure the pink peacock?/ Is he taller than the croc?"). The animals offer helpful tips in speech bubbles: "To find the length of the mouse, measure the purple line," offers a dog standing on a gingham border. The gentle visuals and encouraging tone should keep kids' attention. Also includes a foldout growth chart. Ages 4–up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Larnette Snow
Which is bigger—a peacock or a crocodile? Children who are curious will be enticed by the idea of having their own ruler to measure things. They can have fun learning how to use a ruler and then using it to measure a pig, a lion and many other items in the book. Folk artist Accorsi's collage illustrations contain many objects that can be measured besides those mentioned in the text. Each two-page spread contains a rhyming couplet with the first line being a question about measuring something on the opposite page. Included with the book are a six-inch ruler which has centimeters on the back side and a growth chart that can be removed and hung on a wall to measure how tall the reader becomes as he grows. Once they have measured everything in the book, they can measure the world around them. This book can open up the world of numbers to a child who wants to understand more about numbers than counting. Reviewer: Larnette Snow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761155409
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/11/2010
  • Pages: 22
  • Sales rank: 989,648
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

William Accorsi is the author of 10 Button Book and 10 Color Book. He is a folk artist who creates sculptures of animals and people out of wire, beads, and buttons. His work hangs in major galleries and collections throughout the USA, and he is the only artist to have been awarded two solo exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design. Mr. Accorsi lives in Beacon, New York.

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