Inch by Inch

Inch by Inch

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In this classic book, a winsome, winning inchworm is proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun.

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ISBN-13: 9780439905701
Publisher: Weston Woods Studios, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 0.62(h) x 7.53(d)
Age Range: 4 - 6 Years

About the Author

LEO LIONNI, a renowned designer, illustrator and creator of children's books, was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators' Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as "a master of the simple fable" by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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“The lovely colors, the sharp definition of cutouts against white space, the rhythm of the composition, and the simplicity of the whole make a handsome and appropriate book to give pleasure to little children and their elders.”—The Horn Book Magazine

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Inch by Inch 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clever book, great read aloud
missmichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age Approriateness: Primary Genre: This book would be considered a fantasy because in this story the author gives the inchworms and birds human characteristics; they all talk. The story also creates a plausible seeting where the inchworm measures many different parts of birds.
cldruhot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inch by Inch, written and illustrated by Leo Lionni is a beautifully illustrated children's book about a worm who measures himself out of getting eaten by a robin. Once the worm measures the robins¿ tail, he is taken to other birds to be measured. Inch worm continues on to measure the many parts of the different birds. At the end of the book, the inch worm measures his way out of getting eaten once again by measuring himself right out of the book. Inch by Inch is a Caldecott Honor Book that was published in 1960. Lionni had written and illustrated more than 30 books during his lifetime, with 4 of them being Caldecott Honor Book recipients. This would be a great book to introduce measurement to kindergarteners. ¿Turn to the page where the nightingale is telling the worm to measure its song. Use your copy machine to adjust the size of the inchworm to one inch. Make multiple copies of the inchworm. Cut the inchworms apart. (It's not necessary to cut around their edges, just cut the extra paper off from their heads and tails¿ (Brunaccioni, 2009). Have the students choose 5 items in the room to measure, having them glue their inch worm to the items and then labeling the inch worms with a 1, 2, 3, etc. This is a great lesson to do right before parent-teacher conferences; there should be tons of inch worms around the room measuring its self inch by inch right out of the room.
eward06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This represents a modern fantasy book because inchworms and birds cannot really talk. But it holds a little truth because kids know these animals so they can understand it even when the animals talk.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book would be a great one to read to kindergarten/first grade students. It is about an inchworm who is about to be eaten by a robin. The inchworm proves he is useful by saying that he could measure the robins tail. He measures something on every bird that tries to eat him - eliminating getting eaten every single time. This could be a good book to read before a math lesson about measuring and inches. It would also be a good book to read to students to teach them that everyone has some ability that makes them special.
amanda_c on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
QUALITY:With colorful illustrations, simple text, and repetition of counting themes Inch by Inch is an engaging picture book about a clever caterpillar. POTENTIAL USE:Inch by Inch is an excellent read aloud book and read-along book. It is also simple enough that school-age children can read it for themselves.CHILD APPEAL:The colorful illustrations in Inch by Inch will engage the attention of children; the repetition of counting words, and simple words will inspire them to read along, and, finally, the clever actions of the caterpillar will appeal to childrens natural inclination toward stories in which small creatures outsmart larger ones.
msequeira06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Fantasy because inch worms do not actually measure everything they see nor do they communicate with other animals. Media: collage
MarthaSohl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little inchworm is about to be eaten by a hungry robin. The inchworm quickly convinces the robin not to eat him because he would be so useful in measuring things. The robin then takes the inchworm to measure other birds. The nightingale asks the worm to measure his song or he would eat the inchworm for breakfast. The quick thinking inchworm then measures away while the nightingale is singing.I loved the simple colorful illustrations in this book. This is such a cute story about creative thinking.In addition to measuring, this book illustrates creative problem solving.
bekstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an example of a fantasy. The story is believeable but the differant animals are given human characteristics such as speech. It also teaches that even though it may seem like the little inch worm can't do anything, he can do things others can't because of his size. The main theme of this book is that everyone has a talent or gift that they can use. I would use this book in a primary classroom. The media used is collage. Objects of different textues aer layed and strategically placed to make teh story come to life.
SJeanneM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great book to introduce the concept of measurement to a younger child! This book tells the story of an inchworm who saves himself from being eaten by measuring all the bigger animals. Kids already naturally love animals and then you get to talk about measuring too! My 3 year old asked many good questions that are laying the foundation for math later on for him!
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An inchworm saves his own life by measuring things for birds.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An inchworm saves himself from being eaten by measuring birds to win their favor. When the nightengale asks him to measure its song, he knows that it's impossible, so he asks the nightengale to sing and measures himself away while the nightengale is singing. I think this would go well with our fables unit, because the kids can make up a moral for the end. It obviously is a great lead-in for measuring, and children could definitely measure things in the room with their inch worms.
lcisabell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inch by Inch is a great book about a little green inch worm, who measures his way out from being eaten.It is the winner of the Caldecott Honor, can be used for introducing or teaching measurement, data collection, and graphing. Can be used for children in Pre-K to fourth grade.
megancoleman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inchworm is about to be eaten by a bird when he says not to eat him because he is useful, he can measure things. Then he goes on to measure the bird's friends tails, beaks, legs and such. A song bird says if inchworm doesn't measure his song, he'll eat inchworm up! So inchworm sneakily measures away while the bird is distracted by his own song, it's very tricky.
vnwender on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a worm who talks his way out of being eaten by offering to measure different body parts of the birds. One day, he was asked to do something that he could not measure. One bird asked him to measure his song. Owen measured this in a different way. He measured how fast he could get away to a safe place while the bird was singing.
kcicchella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"One day a hungry robin saw an inchworm..." This clever inchworm found a way to save himself from being gobbled up. He told the robin that he was useful because he was an inchworm he could measure things... So, his measuring began... he measured the robin's tail, a flamingo's neck, a toucan's beak, and many more friends he met along the way. Soon he came to a nightingale who wanted the inchworm to measure his song. The inch worm didn't know how he could measure a song. The nightingale said "Measure my song or I'll eat you for breakfast." How do you think the inchworm got out of that sticky situation? This book is beautifully illustrated. My nephew who is four loves this story and memorized it and read it back to me after a couple days. It is now his favorite book and one of mine too.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A picture book about an inchworm, great for really young children- pre-school age.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
The lesson here is that you can outsmart bullies and escape from danger if you use your brain, don't panic, but act cleverly. Large colorful illustrations and the  clever ending add to the appeal of the book. In the hard cover edition the inchworm inches out of sight behind the dust jacket.  
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CarolinaMom More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic that is wonderful to use with PreK-1st grade students. With this book, you can integrate literature into math, science and art lessons. I use this book for introducing non-standard units of measure with kindergarteners. I have also seen this used for science (animals, spring, etc) and art. Also a great addition to a Leo Leonni author study.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Lionni is not as blatantly in-your-face didactic as Aesop, but you could draw a few morals from this tale. One of them is, Humor spices up a children's story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inch by Inch is a Caldecott Honor Book, it is the story of a smart inchworm that gets out of harms way by doing what he does best-measure. When he first encounters a robin that is ready to goble him up, he uses his wit to measure the bird. The bird is so impressed with his skill that he takes him to his friends to do measurements. This is a story that will teach children about nature, counting and possibly measurement of music. Read this story to your kindergartener and see if the inch worm gets gobbled up or escapes.