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The author of the book: Steve Jenkins
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date of issue: 2009
ISBN: 0547255543
ISBN 13: 9780547255545
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 457 KB

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This is yet another picture book about nature from Jenkins, and another winner.

I’ll try to remember this book next time I say I have a large spider in my apartment. I never knew there were spiders so large, and I’m glad I’ve never seen one off the pages of a book.

This is a rather large picture book and a couple of times pages fold out so there is more space to see the actual size of an animal or part of an animal. Biggest, heaviest, occasionally smallest animals of their type are the most featured. Often, just a part of an animal is shown.

As is typical of Jenkins’s work, the main part of the book has photos and some basic information, then in the back of the book, there is more detailed information given for each animal covered in the main part of the book.

This way, children in a wide age range can enjoy the book, as can adults. Many of these animals are impressive, and interesting to learn about and view.

The illustrations are so good. They don’t try to look like photos but they do look very realistic. I love collage art and these particular cut and torn paper pictures are wonderful.

I’ve loved every Jenkins book I’ve read and I’m very happy that I have more existing books of his to enjoy; I’m hopeful he will create more brand new books too.

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Ebook Actual Size read Online! Steve was born in 1952 in Hickory, North Carolina. His father, who would become a physics professor and astronomer (and recently hid co-author on a book about the Solar System), was in the military and, later, working on science degrees at several different universities. We moved often. Steve lived in North Carolina, Panama, Virginia, Kansas, and Colorado. Wherever ee lived, he kept a menagerie of lizards, turtles, spiders, and other animals, collected rocks and fossils, and blew things up in his small chemistry lab.

Because he moved often, Steve didn't have a large group of friends, and he spent a lot of time with books. Hid parents read to me until he could read himself, and he became an obsessive reader.

His interest in science led me to believe that I'd be a scientist himself. At the last minute, he chose instead to go to art school in North Carolina, where he studied graphic design. After graduation he moved to New York City, where he worked in advertising and design, first in large firms and then with his wife, Robin Page, in their own small graphic design firm. Robin, also an author and illustrator, is his frequent collaborator — they've made sixteen children's books together.

Their daughter Page was born in 1986 and our son, Alec, two years later. They began reading to them when they were just a few months old, and Steve became interested in making children's books himself. My wife and I read to our two older children almost every night until hisdaughter was 12 or 13, long after they were reading on their own. It was, in many ways, the best part of the day.

In 1994 they moved to from New York City to Boulder, Colorado, where they work in a studio attached to their house, which was built in the 1880s and often functions as if it were still the 19th century.

Their youngest son, Jamie, was born in 1998. The questions his children asked over the years have been the inspiration for many of their books.

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