Wacky Comparisons: Wacky Ways to Compare Size


See how many mice equal the weight of a big blue whale. See how many pigeons, standing on top of one another, equal the height of the Statue of Liberty. Quirky illustrations and fresh subjects help kids explore measurable attributes of a variety of things in a uniquely engaging way.

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See how many mice equal the weight of a big blue whale. See how many pigeons, standing on top of one another, equal the height of the Statue of Liberty. Quirky illustrations and fresh subjects help kids explore measurable attributes of a variety of things in a uniquely engaging way.

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Odd items are compared for their weight, height, or length for interesting perspectives about size. With each marshmallow at 0.25 oz., it takes about 120 marshmallows to be equivalent to the weight of a hedgehog (30 oz.). Compare a trip to the moon, a three-day rocket ride versus a 153-day ride in a car going sixty-five miles per hour. Find out how many 8.5 inch tall skunks it takes to be as tall as one sanitation truck or how many red blood cells will fit in one mosquito's stomach. Each comparison includes a standard of measure used such as the weight of a bulldozer and the weight of a kitten when comparing the two items. There are colorful, comic illustrations that are amusing like the blue whale that is made up of mice, mini pretzels lined-up along the arm of an octopus, or hot dogs stacked end-to-end to reach the height of a Tyrannosaur Rex. At the back of the book is a list of four additional books on measuring that children may want to explore. Children may be inspired to make their own wacky comparisons with materials that they select. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623700379
  • Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Wacky Comparisons Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

Mark Weakland wears many hats. As an author, he's written books for teachers, including Super Core!: Turbocharging Your Basal Reading Program with More Reading, Writing, and Word Work, published by the International Reading Association. His book topics for children include sports, bacteria, comets, and poetry. Mark's also a reading specialist. He teaches kindergarten children, third graders, parents, and teachers. As a musician and songwriter, Mark sings, plays percussion, and strums the guitar. Many of his songs, including "I Sure Love Pancakes" and "The Dooflicky Machine," have won national awards and contests. Mark lives in Western Pennsylvania.

Bill has been an illustrator all his working life and his work has been published worldwide. He is equally happy with a ‘mouse’ or a paint brush in his hand. He also runs a small design agency and enjoys the challenge that this variety of work presents. He has a passion for the environment, living and working from an earth sheltered house with its own water and energy supply. At the weekends you might find Bill shearing the sheep, tending his carrots or mowing the roof!

Igor Sinkovec was born in Slovenia in 1978. As a kid, he dreamt of becoming a truck driver--or failing that, an astronaut. As it turns out, he got stuck behind a drawing board -- so sometimes he draws semi trucks and space shuttles. Igor makes his living as an illustrator. Most of his work involves illustrating books for kids. He lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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