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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
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Apr 21, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: informational-books, picture-books
Recommended for: Ages 4-8
Read in April, 2008

CIP: In this visually stunning book, seeing is believing as Steve Jenkins illustrates animals both large and small at ACTUAL SIZE.

REVIEW: Jenkin's amazing cut paper art paired with the concept of showing actual sizes of animals no matter how much of them fits on the page is a hit! This over-sized book is great for storytimes and read alouds, as children will ooh and aah over the one foot eye of a squid vs. a 1 foot tarantula. The paired pages show a great eye for choosing contrasting animal sizes. Two pages at the end contain complete scaled-down pictures of the animals with general information. Be sure and let children each put their own hand up against the gorilla’s for comparison.

SLJ: "A thoroughly engaging read-aloud and a must-have for any collection."

Bulletin of Center Children: Starred review. "The real triumph here, however, is the compositions...the book makes brilliantly creative use of its tight focus, resulting in startling closeups."
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message 1: by Stefanie (new)

Stefanie I'm really excited to check this out. You did a great job explaining all of the features of the book. It sounds like something kids would just love (and I really want to put my hand up against the gorilla's too).


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