Actual Size

Actual Size

by Steve Jenkins


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547512914
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/07/2011
Pages: 28
Sales rank: 80,561
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: IG1080L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About 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.

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"Jenkins' imaginative paper collages work their usual magic in transcending their medium to capture the spirit and detail of their subjects. The real triumph here, however, is the compositions...the book makes brilliantly creative use of its tight focus, resulting in startling closeups." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"Jenkins' artwork is gorgeous (a gatefold of a frog in midleap is particularly memorable)... An unusual, unusually effective tool for connecting children to nature's astonishing variety." Booklist ALA, Starred Review

"A thoroughly engaging read-aloud and a must-have for any collection." School Library Journal

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Actual Size 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
joel07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is great learning book for kids, the eye on the third page is awesome! Everything in the book is actual size of the animal/bug/ or GREAT White shark tooth. Ii also gives some facts on each animal. I personally loved this book.
nancyjensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cut paper collage used in this book really makes an impact. Every page or two page spread shows objects at actual size. This is an impressive book. When I read this non-fiction book to my Pre K class, they were so excited they commented on every page. After reading it aloud, I let them browse through it at their leisure. Several times as I glanced over throughout the day, the students would be placing their own small hands individually on top of a page, their minds absorbing the information shown and taking in the disparity in size.
arielaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most amazing books that I've ever seen! Instead of just describing how large or small animals are or even just comparing them to each other, Steve Jenkins creates them (or pieces of them) in their actual size. Children and adults will be amazed! The book is large enough to make for a fantastic read aloud, too.
Cra71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommend this book! I found myself being amazed at how small or how large an animal is. Also, the book provided interesting facts about each animal in the back of it. It is a wonderful book for all ages!
misscopaneca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the life-size illustrations in this Steve Jenkins' book. Jenkins inspires wonder; seeing a giant frog spring across the page or the palm of a gorilla, much larger than mine makes me stop and consider how incredible creation is. One of my students does not care for reading, but has an intense interest in the giant squid, featured in this book. I think Steve Jenkins' information books are perfect for the young reader who finds non fiction works more engaging than fiction.
pamelasmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Its a good book for ages 4 through 12
alliek710 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be great to use during an animal unit, so children can visualze how big or small these animals really are.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So cool!!! Though, some of the comparisons freaked me out, especially the great white (of course) and the salt water crocodile. I held the illustration up to my leg, and with my foot in it's mouth, the end of its snout reached above my knee. Sofi? Rib cage. TERRIFYING>
PeterSinclair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Steve Jenkins shows the actual size of animals in fold out pages and two page layouts that are impressive to look at. Each picture comes with the size and weight information of each animal listed. It almost feels like looking into the eyes of the animals.
chelsea6273 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The interesting thing about this book was that it portrayed the actual size of animals and animal parts. The pictures are really fun to look at, and a couple of the pages expand into three pages, making the actual size of animals. Each page describes the size of different animals, everything from tigers to frogs to crocodiles, etc. I think this book is intended for younger audiences, especially small children who would get excited to think about these animals being a lot larger than them. I think this is a survey type of book because it gives a surface explanation of different animals¿ sizes.
Mparis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book, you get to see actual size collages of different animal parts.This book is fascinating! Who knew there were frogs or worms that big, or that a giant squid's eye is a foot in diameter! The collages are very beautiful. I really loved this book!Classroom connection: Animals
cdrake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this children's picture book, animals are shown using cut and torn paper to create real-life sized images. From the smallest fist to the mouth of a shark, this book will keep children engaged in learning about the different sizes of animals and how they compare to them.
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cool and informative book that actually illustrates the actaul size of amazing aminals. The animals range from sharkes to spiders. It is a good book to put in perspective how big a child is compared to the interesting animals in the book. I think kids would be interested and amazed by this book.
ebruno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Steve Jenkins did a great job illustarting different animals and their actual size. This would be an awesome book to read for a science class or whenever the students are learning about annimals. More information about the animals are provided at the end of the book.
HollyRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Actual size" is a book that demostrates the actual size of many animals. The pictures show the real size of different body parts and compares animals. I love this book and the use of the life-size illustrations! Its really grabs the students attention and can even shock the teacher!I would use this book in a science lesson about different habbitats and all the different kinds of animals there are. It would work great as a hook. The book could also be great in an art lesson where the students could come up with there own comparsion based on the research they do on two animals they choose.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated in paper collage, this book shows life-sized animals from very small to very large. Larger animals feature only part of the animal¿s body, such as the head or the eye. Statistics are given for the featured animals, and a one paragraph description of each animal is given at the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a perfect book for elementary school children! Could be used in a science, math, or non-fiction literacy unit. A must for any and every classroom!
JenLG More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first used this book for my Children's Lit class and loved it so much that I bought it for my daycare. It has became one of the kids' favorite books, they love comparing their body parts to those of the animals in the book. Highly recommend this book.
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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.