Actual Size written and illustrated by Steven Jenkins brings readers face to face with the actual size of an animal’s physical trait. Some featured animals and their traits in this book are a bear’s head, a dwarf goby fish, an anteater’s tongue, and a crocodile’s snout.
Readers can visually compare themselves to the animal by placing their hand against the page to compare and contrast similarities and differences.
Each page informs about the animal’s length, height and/or weight. Back matter includes facts about each animal.
This book promotes creative non-fiction, imagination, and discovery.
TITLE: Actual Size
AUTHOR: Steve Jenkins
ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Jenkins
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative nonfiction, imagination, discovery
1) Pick an animal and one of its body parts that you can compare and contrast. Draw that part to its actual size. This activity could also be made into a classroom book.
2) How could you creatively present information about your favorite animal? With a group of friends pick different animals to research. Then write a play or song using the facts you learned. Present your play.
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