March 17, 2009

Kid's Picks: How BIG Is It?


Every Monday, Timothy's class gets to visit the school library and check out a book. This week Timothy brought home How Big Is It? written by Ben Hillman and published by Scholastic. I've never seen him so excited! He wanted to read it in the car all the way home, he wanted to read it when we got home, and then he wanted it to be the 1st of our 3 books we read before bedtime.

This is a clever book that shows the size of various objects or animals around the world, and compares them to another known object so that we get an idea of how big it is. For example, the giraffe, being 17.3 feet tall, is shown standing in a living room with it's neck & head in the upstairs bedroom above it. Timothy's favorite page is the tarantula! Yuck! The picture shows the tarantula spanning a dinner plate (12 inches). When I asked him why that was his favorite, he said, "Because it's scary." Of course.

Other books in the "Fun Science Series" include How Strong Is It?, How Fast Is It?, and How Weird Is It? Scholastic says this book is for ages 7-10. It's easiest to see excerpts of all the books by clicking here.

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9 comments:

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

That's exactly when you know that you have a hit. Let's read it again and again and again.

Carrie said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for highlighting it!

Kaycee said...

What a cool book. It's fun to see them get excited like that about books.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

You get the best books!! The tarantula made me laugh - how very "boy" of him. Joel recently brought out his 80's copy of Guinness book of world records. Will loves it!

Bluestocking said...

Cool! My book is for older kids.

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morninglight mama said...

I love when the nonfiction books are so engaging like this! Great pick!

Cindy said...

My son would love this-I have added it to our library list! thanks for the great review!

Jennifer said...

So glad that he loved the book he picked out. Bryan did the same thing on the way home with his bird book. I guess the non-fiction bug has bitten our boys.

pam said...

I think that book would be a hit at our house. Thanks, I will be on the look out for it.