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Big and Little by Steve Jenkins
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May 18, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: concept, lis-565
Read in May, 2008

The illustrations in this picture book are striking, beautiful colors and compelling renditions of the animals, it feels like the reader could almost stroke the fur on some of them, but the text seems quite small and even lost on the page. The back of the book includes additional information on each featured animal which will likely appeal to an older audience, such as second to fourth graders.

CIP Summary:
Illustrates the concept of size by comparing different animals, formthe smallest visible animals to the largest.

From Hornbook:
Eye-catching, well-composed, textured cut-paper collages compare the sizes of different but related animals (hummingbird and ostrich, capybara and deer mouse, and so on). Use as a concept book is limited by inconsistencies in the comparisons; for instance, the text discusses differences in behavior or habitats as well as in size. Also, configuration and placement of text make it sometimes difficult to identify the animals.

From Booklist:
Jenkins, whose previous picture books include Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (1995), here points out the differences in size between animals who are similar in other ways. The artwork combines cuttings of colored, textured papers to form animals that stand out strikingly against white backgrounds. The final pages include a presentation of the comparative sizes of all the animals, a paragraph of additional information about each species, and a bibliography.

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