Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a striking
collection of torn and cut paper collage illustrations depicting life-sized animals,
both large and small.Begin by peering
at the smallest of all fish, the dwarf goby, at 1/3 of an inch long.Step back to peer into the eye of a giant
squid that is 12 inches across.
collage is created in such detail that the artwork is astonishingly realistic.Three fold-out pages introduce us to the
largest reptile, the saltwater crocodile.Reach out and touch the knobby-looking snout and sharp white teeth while
it watches you carefully with its realistic eye.
snippets of facts combined with Jenkins’ beautiful art make this a book that
can be enjoyed by all ages.Begin by comparing
your child’s hand to the gorilla's and to the pygmy mouse lemur’s hands on the cover.Use a measuring tape or some string to
measure out the two-foot-long tongue of the giant anteater.See if you can stick your tongue out that
fabulous book presents many opportunities to explore and experience animals in
their actual size.Support narrative
skill development with your child by talking about what you observe together.Encourage critical thinking by asking
open-ended questions like “What is going on in this picture?” or “Which animal
do you think can jump the farthest?Why
do you think that?”You and your child
will be amazed, and hopefully you will both want to visit the library again to find out more about these animals !