On a trip to the San Diego Zoo with my son Alec, who was 12 at the time, I saw a metal cast of a gorilla's hand. It was mounted at a child's height, and every child (and many adults) that walked past compared their hand to the gorilla's. I thought at the time that here was a book asking to be made. I wanted to include large and small animals, some familiar and some less well known. The biggest problem was how to show animals that are much larger than the book. The solution was to include just a part — an eye, a foot, or a snout. At the back of the book are small illustrations showing each animal in its entirety along with information about habits, diet, and habitat.

32 pages
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
May 2004
Reviews

Jenkins' artwork is gorgeous (a gatefold of a frog in midleap is particularly memorable) . . . An unusual, unusually effective tool for connecting children to nature's astonishing variety.
Booklist, starred review
Jenkins's imaginative paper collages work their usual magic in transcending their medium to capture the spirit and detail of their subjects.
The Bulletin, starred review
This beautiful book is an enticing way to introduce children to the glorious diversity of our natural world, or to illustrate to budding scientists the importance of comparison, measurement, observation, and record keeping. A thoroughly engaging read-aloud and a must-have for any collection.
School Library Journal
Awards

Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book

Orbis Pictus Honor Book

International Reading Association "Childrens Choices 2005", non-fiction

CHILD Magazine Best Book of the Year

A Booklist Editor's Choice

A New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

Natural History Best Books for Young Readers, 2004

Chicago Public Library Best-of-the Best

Editors' Choice Top of the List Winner 2004 Youth Nonfiction

The Children's Literature Choice List, 2005

Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth, 2004; American Library Association-Booklist

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