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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,276 ratings  ·  392 reviews
How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the worlds largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye thats bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures dont tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourselfat their actual size. ...more
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids fascinated by nature & animals & size differences
This is yet another picture book about nature from Jenkins, and another winner.

Ill try to remember this book next time I say I have a large spider in my apartment. I never knew there were spiders so large, and Im glad Ive never seen one off the pages of a book.

This is a rather large picture book and a couple of times pages fold out so there is more space to see the actual size of an animal or part of an animal. Biggest, heaviest, occasionally smallest animals of their type are the most featured.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a children's book that shows you the exact size of different animals, insects and even fish. We enjoyed the illustrations that are made from cut and torn paper. The illustrations have such a real feel and almost look to be textured on the page, but when you touch them they're just smooth pages.

Children will see the true sizes of an ostrich, crocodile, gorilla hand, atlas moth, giant squid and more.
I think our absolute favorites were the goliath birdeater
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa and Chandra--Thanks!
What fun! A book about animals that presents them "actual size" Well, not that the book is big enough to fit a gorilla or a giant squid, but you can see the actual size of the giant squid's eye (about the size of a basketball!) and put up your hand to see how BIG the gorilla's hand is by comparison. There are some really cute little animals that are shown in their entirety, like the teensy pygmy lemur. And if you're into creepy-crawlies, there's the full-size giant Gippsland earthworm, all 36 ...more
I honestly have not found this here Kindle edition of Steve Jenkins' Actual Size even remotely aesthetically pleasing and for that matter not even all that reader and user friendly either. And while indeed I do believe that the paper, that the dead tree editions of Actual Size, I likely would have much appreciated and perhaps even loved, with the Kindle version of Actual Size, showing the genuine, the true dimensions of the animal species featured and presented, this just does not really work ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hilary by: Lisa Vegan
Shelves: animals
This is a really interesting picture book. The idea of focusing on scale is an good and this appeals to the young children I know. The illustrations are good, we liked the collage technique and there's an information page at the back. Great for young children interested in animals.
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My class loved when we read this book together. This picture book is good for students in Kindergarten and up. The book presents many animals or parts of animals with a short text and a picture that is the size of that animal or animal part. For example, the eye of the giant squid takes up an entire page. The information is presented with a bit of humor and end notes that give more facts about each animal. The pictures are bright and stand out on the white background. It would be fun to have ...more
Carolyn Jeziorski
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great nonfiction book that shows a variety of animals (or their parts) as actual size. I read this to preschool and PreK kids. Their favorites were the spider and the tiger. Its also good to guess the animal on some of the pages. ...more
Rachel Okarski
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre - Informational (non-fiction)
Grades - K-5th
Informational/non-fiction texts were one I grew a much deeper appreciation for throughout the semester. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins was one of my favorites in this category due to its ability to literally bring the world of animals to life. It includes illustrations of animals, insects, and birds that are all drawn life size. The drawings are lovely/appealing to look at and extremely informative. Each drawing is realistic enough to give readers
Sooo cool! One of my favorite NF books for kids!
Amy Porter
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
Actual size is a Monarch Nominee. The book describes and portrays illustrations that show the actual size or close to the actual size of animals and insects around the world. The book is very simple and easy to read. It describes some very interesting facts that can be very educational to young children.(monarch nominee)
Allie McKay
Actual Size is an informational book about the size of animals and being able to see the body parts of the animal without actually going near one. It is a great book for children who are learning about different kinds of animals that live all over the world. It gives the reader use of imagination because all the illustrations in the book are the actual size of the animals body part so it is a fun way to imagine based off the image in the book how big the animal really is in real life. On every ...more
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Named one of the Orbis Pictus honor books for 2005, Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is made up of torn and cut paper collages of life-size animals or animal parts. School Library Journal calls the book an enticing way to introduce children to diversity in the natural world. Not only is it enticing to its audience preschool through grade five but this book is amazing for anyone, regardless of age, who picks it up. The books cover immediately grabs you by comparing a gorillas hand to the size of a ...more
Casey Strauss
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
In the picture book, Actual Size by Steve Jenkins, images of all the animals shown are at actual size, both large and small. Page by page the author shows a number of animals, displayed in their actual size, with their dimensions included beneath the image. For the larger images its almost startling to see just how grand the actual size is in proportion to the page of the book. For example, one turns the page to see it is entirely filled with the eyeball of the giant squid, measuring in at ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is an incredibly creative informational book. Jenkins purpose is to provide readers with facts about different animals and visuals of the actual size. For example, a giant anteater's tongue is two feet long, so Jenkins provides a visual of this animals head with a tongue the actual size of two feet. The visual is accompanied with additional facts like the length of the body and tail as well as the weight. In addition to the two page spread of these animals, in the ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We read Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins last summer and we really liked it. Recently I posted my review for another of his books, Dogs and Cats, here on Goodreads, and I saw that he also wrote this book, so I immediately put it on hold at our local library.

This is a fascinating book featuring very large and small animals, showing them (or at least parts of them) in actual size. The narrative is very simple, and the illustrations are marvelous. And I loved that each animal was shown in
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Jenkins presents various animals and insects, or parts of them in actual size using cut and torn paper collages. Some of the authentically colored collages represent the entire animal at actual size. Others show a specific body part at actual size according to what fits on a page or on a two page spread. The actual physical dimensions and some interesting facts (what is eaten) are presented for the illustrations. Two fold-outs present a Goliath frog and the teeth/mouth of a saltwater crocodile. ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bio
Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins, is an original and visually captivating book that shows the actual scale or size of various animals and insects. From a dwarf goby (the smallest fish of all) to an African Elephant, Jenkins gives the reader an excellent visual perspective which shows the creature's actual size. The artwork is beautiful and will be sure to grab the interest of any young reader. At the end of the story the author gives additional facts and pertinent information about the animals ...more
Kathryn Eder
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this informational book about animals. It is very realistic especially when they show how long a crocodiles mouth is and they show it with a fold out page that illustrate just how long it really is compared to us. Even a brown bears head is amazing to compare to your own head. It is a great book to have in a classroom for students to learn facts about animals.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book! It presents animals in actual size. Several are so big that you only get to see part of theman eye, or a foot, or a face. My four-year-old son and I both loved this book. I think I'd like to come back to it when he's a bit older too, as I think he will appreciate it even more then. ...more
Tricia Douglas
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Steve Jenkins' books. This one shows the extra size of parts of animals through pictures, ie. the hand of a gorilla and the nose of a bear. Even I was intriqued! At the back of the book is additional information about the animals discussed in the book.
May 12, 2018 added it
This is a new favorite children's book.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Kids love to put their hands up alongside that of the gorilla. It still amazes me that all his illustrations are done with cut and torn paper. Such talent!
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
So fun! A great lap book or storytime book, with awesome and, yep, life-size renderings of animals both familiar and less so.
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book! My six year old grandson loved it!
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Actual Size

This book is like no other when revealing the sizes of animals. Children will want to compare their hands, eyes, and heads to the animals in this book. It gives kids and adults a reference for just how big and small animals can be. Read the book to reveal the animals in Actual Size!

The genre of this book is nonfiction. The reader learns the actual size of a variety of different animals. To further your knowledge, it gives facts on the sizes, weight, and length of the animals. I would
Ali Robinson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
The book Actual Size by Steve Jenkins was a very informative children's book about animals across the world and how they are built. Multiple different animals were introduced throughout the book, including the Alaskan brown bear, the Goliath Birdeater Tarantula, the Goliath frog, the Great White Shark, the Siberian tiger, and many others. The book gave descriptions such as height, weight, color, and where they can be found throughout the world. The back of the book includes a more in-depth ...more
Jacqueline Hanson
Reading Level: L
Book Level: 2.8
Book Summary: This is a great book to help kids understand the true sizes of various animals and their body parts while learning about those animals. The pictures shown in the book are of the actual sizes of the animals in real life.

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This books models both presentation and conventions well. The pictures are vital to this book and are what make it so powerful and such a wonderful learning tool. This is a great book to help students
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: information
Actual Size, is an informational children's book that could be used in many different lessons for students of all ages. The book begins by informing the reader that all of the animals in the book are drawn to scale - and it makes you wonder, how? The book covers all different kinds of animals, such as a squid, ostrich, frog, shark, gorilla, and many more. Each animal is introduced with its name, size, facts, and a picture that represents how large the animal actually is. For example, a giant ...more
Lexi Clark
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a 5 star rating because I really loved and enjoyed reading this book. This book would be good to read to any elementary student as it is very informational and has a lot of facts for the different animals. This would be a good read for any child who is really into animals and when teaching students about facts, and what a fact is. I think that most students would enjoy reading this book or having it read to them. Having this knowledge embedded in the students' brains can help ...more
Shantala  (Shanaya Tales)
There are books that teach you things, and then there are super fun reads. More often than not, these two things are mutually exclusive. But just to be clear, the books that teach you things are really important, just that they are not always especially fun to get through (well, unless you are a nerd like me, who devours time management & productivity books for fun).

But then sometimes you hit the book jackpot and come across a book that teaches you things while being super fun. Actual Size
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Steve was born in 1952 in Hickory, North Carolina. His father, who would become a physics professor and astronomer (and recently his co-author on a book about the Solar System), was in the military and, later, working on science degrees at several different universities. We moved often. Steve lived in North Carolina, Panama, Virginia, Kansas, and Colorado. Wherever he lived, he kept a menagerie of ...more

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