Actual Size (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Actual Size (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Steve Jenkins
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Actual Size (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Steve Jenkins

An oversize picture book that shows animals, both large and small, at actual size.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606153324
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 03/07/2011
Pages: 28
Sales rank: 1,207,045
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: IG1080L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated nearly twenty 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, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

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Actual Size 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun animal fact book based on the sizes of various animals. My second grade students loved it as a read-aloud, and later they read it during silent reading with a ruler to check the illustrator with the actual sizes.