STEAM | 6 October 2015How Do You Measure Up to Animal Size? Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Actual animals portrayed in their actual animal size —what a genius idea! For some children, it is hard to understand abstract representations, as they are literal creatures by nature. If the picture of the brown bear fits on a page, so must the brown bear itself. But Actual Size lives up to its name, as it only portrays the parts of the animal that would actually fit on the page. So instead of seeing the whole brown bear, you see just part of its humungous head. The book also provides readers with the measurements of the body parts it is referencing…another tidbit that the fact-loving future zoologist child in your life will love learning. Comparing and contrasting is a skill children are expected to do while reading, but it is also something they instinctively do in life. Actual Size lends itself naturally to this skill. For example, have your child trace his or her hand on a piece of paper equivalent to the size of the book’s pages. Then, lay it side by side with the images of the gorilla hand and pygmy mouse lemur hand. Excerpted from Actual Size The huge gorilla and the pygmy mouse lemur both have hands a lot like ours. gorilla: 1.75 metres tall, 270 kilograms mouse lemur: 65 millimetres tall, 30 grams Whose hand is bigger? Whose hand is smaller? What physical characteristics do the hands share? Is your hand more similar to the gorilla’s hand or the lemur’s hand? Another opportunity presents itself when your child stumbles upon the image of the elephant foot. Excerpted from Actual Size This foot belongs to the largest land animal, the African elephant. height: up to 4 metres weight: as much as 6 350 kilograms When your child compares his or her foot to the elephant’s, the conversation will undoubtedly cover how the elephant’s foot doesn’t even fit on the page in its entirety, while his/her foot does. How would your footprints be different? Do your feet have any similarities? Hint: You both have toenails…but it might take a gallon of nail polish to paint the elephant’s toes! Check out the actual sizes of animals big and small in Actual Size and you will be amazed. ACTUALly, you’ll be awed! Actual Size – Available now in the UK! Author: Steve Jenkins Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins Format: Hardback, 34 Pages ISBN: 9781847805942 Published: Jan. 8, 2015 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Buy from an Online Retailer UK: $19.99 / £12.99 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.