Just the right size : why big animals are big and little animals are little (Animal Science) (#0461EK3)

by Davies, Nicola; illustrated by Layton, Neal

8 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

Paperback Candlewick Press, c2009, p2011
Price: USD 8.42
Description: 61 pages : color illustrations ; 16 x 25 cm
Dewey: 591.4; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 5.8
AR 5.8 MG 1 130504EN; RC 10.4 4; LEX NC1080L; F&P T


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FollettBound Glued Candlewick Press, 2009

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Animal biology at its most fun and fascinating, presented by zoologist and award-winning children's book author Nicola Davies. Chock full of nasty statistics and gory facts!

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Includes index. Illustrations and simple text help young readers to understand why some animals are big and some are small.

From the Publisher
"Nicola Davies is the best thing to happen to biology classes since the invention of the filmstrip." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Did you ever wonder why there are no high-flying superheroes in real life? Find out what keeps big animals (like us) from performing amazing feats of strength and agility, yet why being tiny and powerful might have a downside. What if you could lift fifty times your weight (hello, ant), but getting wet could kill you? Or you could soar like a bird, but a cold breeze would do you in? From an award-winning duo, an intriguing look at what it means to be just the right size. Back matter includes an index and a glossary.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2011
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: 1st U.S. pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: 591.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 61 pages : color illustrations ; 16 x 25 cm
  • Tracings: Layton, Neal, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-5300-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-5300-2
  • Follett Number: 0461EK3
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 5.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.8
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 130504EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 4
  • Lexile: NC1080L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: T

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 08/01/09
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred, 09/01/09
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/09
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/15/09
  • Library Media Connection, 11/01/09
  • Publishers Weekly, 06/15/09
  • School Library Journal, 08/01/09
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (August 2009 (Vol. 105, No. 22))
Grades 4-6. The team that penned Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable (2004) presents another title with a unique twist. Illustrated with winsomely crude cartoons (think Diary of a Wimpy Kid), this small, rectangular volume packs in a ton of information on the mathematically based rule governing how big or little an animal can get while still being able to get airborne (like a fly) or walk on water (like a water strider). Using the hook of superheroes, a dose of physics is made simple. For example: humans can’t ever race across walls like a gecko because every time an animal doubles size, its weight and volume increase eight times. A person, therefore, would need ridiculously big, long toes—all out of proportion to what a gecko is equipped with—to keep off the floor. A glossary and index are included, making this useful for reports; but future biologists will probably enjoy perusing this book just for the pleasure of understanding principles about the animal world not easily found elsewhere.

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