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Actual Size


  • 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.
    Paul Hughes, Amazon.com
  • A thoroughly engaging read-aloud and a must-have for any collection.
    Dona Ratterree, School Library Journal
  • Jenkins’s life-size depictions of animals–accompanied by extended blurbs in the back–are a wondrous treat.
    Barnes & Noble
  • Young zoologists will enjoy seeing how they measure up with the creatures on each page.
    Jessica Bruder, The Washington Post


Bishop, Nic. Nic Bishop Spiders. Scholastic, 2007. ISBN-13: 9780439877565

Collard, Sneed B., III. Animal Dads. Houghton Mifflin, 1997. ISBN-13: 9780618032990

Dixon, Dougal. Amazing Dinosaurs: The Fiercest, the Tallest, the Toughest, the Smallest. Boyds Mills, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-1563977732

DuQuette, Keith. They Call Me Woolly: What Animal Names Can Tell Us. Putnam, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780399234453

Gibbons, Gail. Dinosaur Discoveries. Holiday House, 2005. ISBN-13: 9780823420308

Jenkins, Steve. Big and Little. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. ISBN-13: 9780395726648

Jenkins, Steve. Biggest, Strongest, Fastest. Ticknor & Fields, 1995. ISBN-13: 9780395861363

Jenkins, Steve. Hottest Coldest Highest Deepest. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. ISBN-13: 9780618494880

Jenkins, Steve. Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780618164769

Jenkins, Steve. Living Color. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. ISBN-13: 9780618708970

Jenkins, Steve. Prehistoric Actual Size. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0618535781

Jenkins, Steve. What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? Houghton Mifflin, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0618152438

Jenkins, Steve, and Robin Page. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Houghton Mifflin, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0618256280

Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! Dutton, 2005. ISBN-13: 9780525469780

Sabuda, Robert, and Matthew Reinhart. Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs. Candlewick, 2005. ISBN-13: 9780763622282

Sabuda, Robert, and Matthew Reinhart. Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks. Candlewick, 2006. ISBN-13: 9780763622299

Wells, Robert E. Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? Albert Whitman, 1993. ISBN-13: 9780807536568