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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
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Nov 28, 11

Read in November, 2011

Citation: Actual Size, Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin, 2004, 32p, Picture-Junior book/Informational.

Genre: Informational

Summary: This a book of authentic life sizes, packed with information concerning the measurements of its subjects and more.

Critique: a. The illustrations in this book give a real live meaning to the facts and figures in this book.
b. The strength of the book comes from the ability of the reader to become one with the information presented through nontraditional measurement.
c. This can be seen most vividly on page 22 and 23 of the book showing the Siberian tiger. The facts say it is “the biggest of the big cats” but the actual size shown tells me this tiger’s face is the size of me, nose to waist!

Curriculum Connection: This book can be used with all ages. In grades K-2 science it can be used to introduce animals, in grades 3-5 it can be used in math class for measurement examples and conversions and again in grades 5-8 social studies as an introduction to the geographic areas/regions that these animals can be found.
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