"Nicola Davies is the best thing to happen to biology classes since the invention of the filmstrip." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Did you ever wonder why there are no high-flying superheroes in real life? Find out what keeps big animals (like us) from performing amazing feats of strength and agility, yet why being tiny and powerful might have a downside. What if you could lift fifty times your weight (hello, ant), but getting wet could kill you? Or you could soar like a bird, but a cold breeze would do you in? From an award-winning duo, an intriguing look at what it means to be just the right size. Back matter includes an index and a glossary.
About the Author
Nicola Davies has written many award-winning books for children, including POOP, EXTREME ANIMALS, and WHAT'S EATING YOU?, as well as BIG BLUE WHALE, ONE TINY TURTLE, SURPRISING SHARKS, and BAT LOVES THE NIGHT. She lives in Somerset, England.
Neal Layton is the illustrator of POOP, EXTERME ANIMALS, and WHAT'S EATING YOU? He lives in Portsmouth, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book asks and answers many questions about animal size related to math and science.The book would be useful for informational enhancement in the classroom.
This book is very interesting and detailed, probably because the aurthor is not only a writer but she is also a zoological expertise. For this being her first children's book it is very good. Also very interesting to learn. The books talks about the worlds smallest animals to the biggest. The illustrations are very good and brings the book to life. Giving you the true meaning and idea what you are learing about.
I¿m a person who has a great deal of trouble with scientific concepts. This book explained some principle in science, I think, and I believe I understand the principle better after reading this book, though I couldn¿t tell you the name of the principle and I doubt if I could explain it very well. It has something to do with why animals cannot be enormous in size and it has something to do with volume and doubling height causing a big jump in volume. (Glad I am not being tested on the material in this book as I quite obviously am barely grasping any of this.)The pictures are funny and helped me understand this concept better. If I really wanted to understand this concept, this book would be just the one to read, I think.A bit:¿Here is a Little Thing. It could be anything---a car, a log, a bar of soap---but it just happens to be a creature (even if it looks a bit like a cube)¿.Now let¿s meet Big Thing. Big Thing is TWICE the size of Little Thing¿.How many Little Things would it take to make one Big Thing?If you look carefully, you can see that Big Thing¿s surface area and cross section are FOUR times bigger than Little Thing¿s. But Big Thing¿s volume and weight are EIGHT times bigger.¿Children¿s reactions:The group of eight first graders who looked at this book had very little interest in this book. Perhaps this book is aiming at an older audience.