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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have a tendency to acquire things beyond my great grandson's current ability to appreciate. This is one of those acquisitions. Read morePublished 4 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 8 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 8 months ago by Gayle
this book is great for using with 6th grade measuring review the first weeks of the new school year. thanksPublished 14 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 15 months ago by Angela Turner
Every household should have a large collection of Steve Jenkins books. The relationship between the beautiful collage illustrations and the informational text is perfect. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Misty
I found myself learning and being engaged, as well as my child. This is a book for children and adults! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs. B
Actual Size by: Steve Jenkins is a book about the actual size of animals. This book has the most extraordinary, unique illustrations of any book that I have ever viewed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jill THOMPSON