Monday, July 8, 2013

Actual Size

Author & Illustrator:   Steve Jenkins
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year:   2004
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   ALA Starred, Child's Magazine Best, Bccb Blue Ribbon, ALA Top Sci-Tech Books, Booklist Editor's Choice

Summary:  Including all sorts of animals from the 1/3 inch dwarf goby to just the eye of the giant squid, this book strives to show just how big or small animals actually are. The illustrations are clever paper collages that are realistic without being scary. The crocodile teeth look incredibly dangerous, but my favorite is the mesmerizing tiger eyes!

Classroom Ideas: This would be a great book to introduce different animals to the youngest readers. The perspective offers here is perfect to help kids truly understand some of the differences. And it would be a great way to encourage them to research more about these animals.

Extras: An author's note includes information about each animal pictured including its size, habitat, diet and methods of defense.

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