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Just One Bite Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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a Komodo dragon.
a Sperm Whale
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
THE TECHNICAL BITS:::
Reading Level: generic 2
Interest Level: 4-8
*Starred* review from Kirkus
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!
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.