Steve Jenkins does all kinds of creative and interesting books for children about the natural world. His book Actual Size lets children get up close and personal with wild animals in a unique way. The premise is simple but fascinating: every picture of an animal in the book is the actual size of that animal in real life. From the pygmy shrew on the first page (2 inches long) to the saltwater crocodile (23 feet long) whose head and jaw folds out over three pages, each animal is shown in its true-to-life size.
Obviously some of those animals are shown more completely than others but it’s a really fun way for kids to see just how big (or how small) some of these creatures are. You can compare your tooth size with a Siberian Tiger or your eyeball with a giant squid or imagine how many dwarf gobys could fit in the palm of your hand.
For any kid interested in animals and the natural world, Jenkins’ art is a great, simple introduction.