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What would it be like to high five a polar bear, chatter with a Toucan or stare into the enormous eyes of a giant squid? A playful peek into Sophy Henn’s book ‘Lifesize’ will give you the opportunity to do just that. Each page features a new lifesize adventure. From animals on African plains, to frozen artic deserts, rainforest jungles to the depths of the ocean, Sophie Henn presents the very best in show. Whenever an animal is featured on a page and you see the word LIFESIZE, we are guaranteed to be looking at an animal, or part of an animal, that is the true to life size.


Can you roar like a Bengal tiger or stick your tongue out as far as a giraffe? Lifesize contains seven animal challenges to enable readers to interact with the book and test how they measure up against some truly incredible animals. Travelling the globe through the pages of the book, readers will not only get a ‘lifesize’ look at some truly incredible animals- bee hummingbirds, arctic lampreys and pretty Cuban todies- but they will also learn fascinating facts about animal habitats and behaviours.


At the end of the book, readers are able to see how a selection of the featured animals measure up against each other. Measurements are not only recorded in centimetres and metres, but also in Lifesize books. A giant panda is surprisingly only five books from head to tail, whereas a giant squid is a staggering 60 books long!


This gorgeous book is the perfect topic text for any primary classroom. Readers could research and write non-chronological reports about their favourite animals or find their own animals to measure and write about. Sophy’s beautiful illustrations are an essential feature of this book and her simple clean style would be easy for readers to copy using printing methods. Finally, as this book is all about size, readers could investigate a variety of animals to measure and compare.

If you enjoy this book as much as we have, then look out for a life-size prehistoric adventure coming in March of 2019.


Lifesize Sophy Henn

Red Shed ISBN: 978-1405289573

Amazing Animal Journeys


Information Book Title: Amazing Animal Journeys

Author: Chris Packham

Illustrator: Jason Cockcroft

Publishers: Egmont (Red Shed)

ISBN: 9781405283380

Did you know that Leatherback turtles migrate all over the world’s oceans but always return to the same beaches to breed? We live in an incredibly beautiful world amongst some truly amazing animals. This beautiful picture book shares the migratory journeys of those animals.

Birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects all move around the planet to keep warm or to find a mate, a place to breed or have their young. Read about how blue whales migrate to warmer tropical waters to give birth to their young; how red crabs need ‘crab wardens’ to help them cross the road on Easter Island, and how millions of bats migrate to find their dinner. The book ends on a sombre note, reminding us of the responsibility we all have to look after our beautiful world and the effect climate change is having on migrating animals all over the world.

The simple themes, language and illustrations of this book make it accessible to a young audience, perfect as a nonfiction bedtime story or for use in the classroom. The ‘Discover More’ section at the end of the book is a fantastic way to investigate each of the animals discussed in the book in more detail. Chris Packham’s passionate concern for conservation and Jason Cockcroft’s artwork add additional gravitas to the message of this fabulous non fiction book. Readers will enjoy the fictional quality of this book, whilst being educated about the important message the text conveys.

The recent research findings from Newcastle University on behalf of Springwatch, a programme presented by Chris Packham, regarding the incredible migration of the Arctic Turn make this book a fascinating and very current topical read.


Teaching Ideas For Reading

Look at the descriptive language within the book. Make lists of synonyms for words such as ‘Big’, ‘Cold’, ‘Small’ etc.

Discuss the meanings of some of the more unusual words within the text- migration, breed, tropical etc and create a glossary for the book.

Teaching Ideas For Writing

Choose a migratory journey. Research the journey and write a chronological report with details of the journey.

Think about the journey from the perspective of the animals. Write a narrative about what it would be like to take such a long journey and the feelings the animal might have as they travel to their longed for destination.

Research and write a persuasive poster, leaflet or letter asking people about animal or environmental conservation.

Choose an animal from the book and write a poems about them and the environment in which they live in. Include a message about caring for the environment.

Cross Curricular Teaching Ideas

Recreate the map of animal migrations found at the front of the book.

Sequence the journey of the sea turtles and write about their incredible journey.

Label a diagram of one of the animals within the book using technical scientific language, such as the diagrams about the Jellyfish and Butterflies within the book.

Look at the findings of the Arctic Tern research from Newcastle University, which can be found here, map the journey, think about the distance and the qualities of such an incredibly resilient little bird.

The Adventures Of Water

Let’s follow water on some of its many adventures! Just over 70% of our beautiful planet is covered with water - it literally surrounds us. This fabulous book explains everything you need to know about where water comes from, how we use it and even what happens when we flush it away! 

What’s even more impressive is how this is all explained through the wonder of pop ups! Flaps show how water travels around the world, pull tabs reveal water’s journey through the body; wheels turn to show how water is used- from transportation to hydropower energy stations and the highlight of the book is a water cycle, illustrated in a beautiful mountain range.

This book is dripping and splashing with fun facts- explaining where the wettest place on earth is (and it’s not in Great Britain), why your wee is yellow and why the sea is salty. Voyage to the depths of the oceans and find out why fish don’t freeze in 0ºC temperatures, how heat is spread around the world through the seas and how fish breath under water.

This is a gorgeous interactive book, one that should be treasured and read again and again. It would be a special edition on any teacher’s shelf.

Book Title: The Adventures of Water

Authors: Dr Malcolm Rose and Sean Sims

Consultants: Dr Patricia Macnair and Ryan Marek

Paper Engineer: Neal Manning

Publisher: Red Shed

ISBN: 9781405277396