Each spread of Actual Size presents a new animal or two for readers to check out, along with a few interesting facts and physical dimensions. Some of the colorful collages display the entire animal at actual scale (like the fleshy, 36-inch length of a giant Gippsland earthworm)while others can only feature what fits on the page (an African elephant's foot, a Siberian tiger's face, or even just a gaping maw sporting a few four-inch-long teeth of a great white shark). Two fun fold-outs show a Goliath frog ("It's big enough to catch and eat birds and rats") and the long, toothy smile of a saltwater crocodile ("the world's largest reptile... a man-eater").
Jenkins' collages capture the texture and color of these cut-out creatures, and the thoughtful inclusion of an illustrated index shows each animal in its scaled-down entirety, accompanied by longer, fact-filled descriptions. While younger kids might not appreciate the subtlety of the book's clever "actual-size" trope, readers young and old will love all the close-up views and learn a few things along the way. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
My students love this! They think it is the coolest to compare their hand to the different sizes represented in this book.Published 3 days ago by andowd
I have a tendency to acquire things beyond my great grandson's current ability to appreciate. This is one of those acquisitions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zander's granma
Another great Steve Jenkins book. Actual Size has some different and interesting animal facts. We also really enjoy the art work.Published 9 months ago by Amanda
You should see our eyes pop when we saw how big a squid eye is, then the elephant foot. WOW The children and I love reading and comparing eggs, hands, feet, etc. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gayle
this book is great for using with 6th grade measuring review the first weeks of the new school year. thanksPublished 16 months ago by brenda e clark
Loved the illustrations and found it to be very engaging. I think students of all ages would enjoy it. AttractivePublished 16 months ago by Angela Turner