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Just One Bite Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–Large, stylized illustrations present a variety of animals and what they can ingest in “just one bite.” From a minuscule dot of decaying vegetable matter scooped up by an earthworm to the wriggly mass of a giant squid gripped in the jaw of a toothy sperm whale (quadruple gatefolds for this one), the book helps children to envision the eating habits of critters seen mostly on TV. The brief text repeats the octopus's request for “only the tender parts, please” as he scarfs down a crunchy crab, and a Komodo dragon remarking on the “tasty treat” of a snake-snack. Mouths and mouth parts are shown life-size, leaving (in most cases) the greater part of the head and generally the body out of the strongly delineated illustrations. This is problematic in the case of those species with which youngsters are not familiar. Notes at the back of the book proffer paragraphs about the featured creatures, so parents/teachers will have further fodder for curious young minds. Not in the realistic school of Teruyuki Komiya's photographic More Life-Size Zoo or his Life-Size Aquarium (both Seven Footer Kids, 2010), but attractive, colorful, and impressively big.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This simple, attractive gallery of animals features life-size creatures, in whole or partial views, along with a single serving of typical food. On an opening page, an earthworm devours a speck of dirt, and each subsequent spread features animals of increasing size in midmeal, from a hummingbird sipping three drops of nectar to a Komodo dragon snacking on a snake to a sperm whale swallowing a giant squid, a scene that’s featured in a final, dramatic gatefold. A simple sentence describes each creature’s diet, while computer-enhanced, paint-and-crayon artwork depicts the diners and their cuisine simply and clearly, complete with saliva. The animals hail from various ecosystems, and the final creature is a surprise: all-consuming microorganisms, which “can eat even the largest animal until it becomes part of the earth that feeds us all.” A colorful closing spread includes more information about each species, with facts about diet, number of teeth, and digestion process. Although this lacks the dramatic impact of Steve Jenkins’ Actual Size (2004), it’s more topically focused and just as capable of soliciting fascination. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811864731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811864732
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A Bear.
a Komodo dragon.
an Octopus
a Parrot
a Sperm Whale
a Butterfly
a Rabbit
a Frog
an Elephant
a Worm

It's not just a question of what they eat, but how much!

Curious kids are going to like this one. Just One Bite opens up the world of animals one mouth at a time. With minimal text and bright, colorful artwork they are going to be able see exactly how a giraffe eats, and what. My own personal favorite was the worm. I was surprised at how much they could eat at one time. Who knew?

Just One Bite is an interesting early-science book that introduces children to the habits and habitats of 11 animals. The animals range from a tiny worm to a giant whale with creatures that inhabit land, sea and air.

I really like the information provided, and the fact that the book is very large and colorful and could easily be used with more than one child.

I could also see homeschoolers and teachers using it as the basis of a science unit where you could expand upon the notion of habitat and food chain.

Our one complaint came from my 8-year old son who wanted more 'exact' artwork, and who had a little trouble interpreting the pictures.

Everyone loved the pages that folded out so that the artwork sprawled over 4 pages!

Just One Bite
* Accelerated Reading level : Generic 2
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2010)
* ISBN-10: 0811864731

Reading Level: generic 2
Interest Level: 4-8

*Starred* review from Kirkus

Pam T~
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By FIRR-Kids! on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love that this book stands out right off the bat, due to the extreme size. I know we have some large books, but this one seems enormous at 12" x 12" - larger than any other children's books currently on our bookshelves. For some reason, it's just plain fun to read a really large book.

And just why is this book so large? It has to be big to cover the life size bites of eleven animals! It isn't just small animals that put in an appearance - the big guys like the Komodo dragon and black bear show up and really take over the pages. Before we get to them, we start off tiny, with how much dirt a worm can eat with just one scoop. It builds up from there, to how much nectar one butterfly can sip, to how many beetles a frog can flick. We work our way through medium and large animals, all the way to the sperm whale. And that life size bite is so large that the page has to open up to accommodate the giant meal.

I have always loved oversized books, just for the pure novelty. This one is especially enjoyable because all that page room is put to good use demonstrating the actual size of foodstuff in nature. I think sometimes it is hard for kids (and adults alike) to imagine the size of things they read about. This book is wonderful, as they can hold up their own hands for comparison to really get a handle on the sizes. The giraffe's head only partially fit on the page, but we were able to compare his big eye to ours. The elephant's lunch was about the size of a child's whole head! This book gives a great perspective into the lives of eleven amazing animals!
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Lola has done it again, and the pictures are perfect. I do a lot of work in classrooms teaching writing lessons and this one is perfect for the idea of focus. Yes, it's about 9 animals, but just one aspect or bite of it. It teaches on both counts. Take a look at this extra-large surprise book. It's now tied for my favorite book for teaching writing with An Island Grows. See my book Everyday Editing for the lesson;-) And I plan on using Just One Bite in my new book on teaching writing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Kennen on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
JUST ONE BITE is a fun, quick read about what animals eat - including an accurate depiction of just how much they might eat in one bite, and what the size of their mouth looks like.

This book fell a bit short for me. Some of the animal's sizes just looked "off." For instance, there are butterflies that big, but there are many more that are smaller. And I couldn't help but feel that the illustrations fell far short of ACTUAL SIZE and PREHISTORIC ACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins. Still, it is easy to be awed by the scene of the elephant's trunk, or the giraffe's tounge... not to mention the sperm whale swallowing a giant squid. That has got to be one of the most impressive spreads in any book, but also easily tearable in the hands of little readers.

In short, I would recommend interested people check this book out of the library, but I wouldn't invest money on it.
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