by Steve Jenkins. (Houghton, 2004. ISBN 0618375945. Order Info.) Nonfiction Picture Book. 28 pages. Grades PreK-3.
This outstanding nonfiction title is another of many wonderful books by Steve Jenkins. His torn paper illustrations created with handmade papers are exquisite and very engaging. In this title animals or parts of animals are shown life size. The eye of a giant squid fills a page and, believe it or not, is beautifully rendered with textured papers.
There are 18 animals (or parts of animals) here. The head of a 23 foot crocodile, the one ounce mouse lemur and the mouse eating Goliath frog. From the gargantuan to the miniscule they will all amaze.
What a fun way to start the selection process for kids needing to pick out an animal to research. This is also perfectly suited for the math curriculum with its many measurement opportunities. Be sure to add this to your offerings.
Other favorites by Steve Jenkins include, Biggest, Strongest, Fastest, Hottest Coldest Highest Deepest, What Do You Do When Something Wants To Eat You, How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly, and Never Smile at a Monkey.
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