Curious Comparisons: A Life-Size Look at the World Around You

by Jorge Doneiger (Author) Marcelo Setton (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Which weighs more, a pound of lead or a pound of feathers? How many ants does it take to steal a piece of cake? Life-size photos and a clever text explore concepts of size, measurement, time, and more. Are you curious about numbers, size, and how something small stacks up to something big, like the number of grains of sand that fill a bucket? Using life-size photographs, engaging gatefolds, and witty asides, Jorge Doneiger beautifully demonstrates relative size, along with quantitative information that answers questions about all kinds of creatures and objects. If you unraveled all the thread from a T-shirt, how many times would that thread wrap around a city block? How many balloons could you fill with the air you breathe in one day? How many flowers must a hive of bees visit to collect enough pollen to make a pound of honey? Is it possible to measure time in colors? Back matter offers additional facts on the subjects for curious readers.

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4--Employing bright photography depicting life-size representations, this informational picture book introduces young readers to the concepts of size, measurement, time, and scale. Everyday objects such as candy and colored pencils are used to help readers visualize the math. The text favors short sentences, while bold, primary colors are seen on the mostly two-page spreads. Doneiger uses a combination of science, math, and humor to explore an often disparate collection of topics. The photography incorporates numerical facts that could be a jumping-off point to studying and practicing math. An accompanying section, "Life-Size Facts for the Very Curious," provides more detailed information. VERDICT Libraries with elementary students hungry for fact-based reading or looking for real-life math connections could use this book as an introductory text. Recommended.--Courtney Lewis, St. Catherine's School, Richmond, VA

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Jorge Doneiger
Jorge Doneiger is an award-winning graphic designer who works as an art director for Diario Clarin, Argentina's largest newspaper. Curious Comparisons is his first book for children. He lives in Buenos Aires.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2020
Age Range
4 - 8 years

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