Inch by Inch

by Leo Lionni

Paperback, 1995



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HarperCollins (1995), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages


To keep from being eaten, an inchworm measures a robin's tail, a flamingo's neck, a toucan's beak, a heron's legs, and a nightingale's song.

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LibraryThing member SJeanneM
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
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good questions that are laying the foundation for math later on for him!
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LibraryThing member Lakapp
“Inch by Inch” written by Leo Lionni is a great story to read to children. “Inch by Inch” is a story about an inchworm who is about to be eaten by a robin; the inch worm prevents this from happening because he proves he is useful. He shows his measuring skills by measuring the robin’s
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tail. The inchworm also measures a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak, and the legs of a heron. The inchworm proved everyone wrong by demonstrating his perfected measuring skills. This story would be great for Kindergarten or First grade students.
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LibraryThing member aconant05
An inchworm saves his own life by measuring things for birds.
LibraryThing member cmiller05
This book is fantasy because the animals talk to each other. The illustrations won the caldecott honor one year, and are bright and nicely textured.
LibraryThing member missmichelle
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.
LibraryThing member jhill06
Genre: Fantasy
Critique: This is a good example of fantasy because of how the birds would make bargains with the inch worm so he would not be eaten. An Inch worm would be eaten and the birds would not be able to communicate with them. But it was a cute book.
LibraryThing member bekstrom
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member MarthaSohl
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member amanda_c
With colorful illustrations, simple text, and repetition of counting themes Inch by Inch is an engaging picture book about a clever caterpillar.

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
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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.
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LibraryThing member rachel0217
This is a very funny book about an inchworm trying to measure birds, so he won't get eaten. This is a great book to read to students.
LibraryThing member msequeira06
Genre: Fantasy because inch worms do not actually measure everything they see nor do they communicate with other animals. Media: collage
LibraryThing member GeorgiaGirl14
Inch by Inch is a great book to use to introduce measurement. Students can begin the measurement unit by measuring different objects with an inchworm and then they can move on to using a ruler.
LibraryThing member aezeek
This fantasy book is about an inchworm who encounters a hungry robin about to gobble him up. The inchworm pleads for the robin not to eat him because he claims he is useful and can measure things. The inchworm measures the robin's tail, a flamingo's neck, a toucan's beak, a heron's legs, a
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pheasant's tail, and a hummingbird. He comes across a nightingale who threatens to eat him for breakfast unless he can measure her song. The sly inchworm simply inches away to safety while the nightingale sings!
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LibraryThing member eward06
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.
LibraryThing member skpuckett
Inch by Inch depicts animals talking with one another. It is creative in that it has the inchworm measuring various animals by "inching" along. It is realistic because, as the inchworm points out, one cannot measure a song in inches, only things. The story is a good read-aloud because the pictures
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illustrate the story wonderfully.
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LibraryThing member BNededog
Inch by Inch is a cute story about an inchworm that is almost eaten by a robin until he realizes how useful the inchworm is. He first measures the robins’ tail and then goes with the robin to measure more things. He measures different things starting with a flamingo and ends with a hummingbird.
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However, when he is confronted by a nightingale and told to measure his song the inchworm has a problem. He can not measure a song, but does not want to get eaten, so he tells the bird to sing and by the end of the song the inchworm had inched his way out of sight.

I really liked this book because it will be useful when I try to teach measurements. This book is short but a cute story. I love the end when the inchworm tricks the nightingale to sing so he can escape. I also like that this picture book is different because the illustrator used a very different technique on these drawings. You must see for yourself.

I can get certain props from the story and have my students try to measure them and then write down there measurements to see if they got the answer right. I can also have the students write a short story about if they where an inchworm for a day what would they do.
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LibraryThing member DBPeeples
This is a good book about how animals can be friends. It tells of how a bird was about to eat a inchworm. The inchworm finds a way to make friends with the bird and it works. The bird then takes the inchworm around to measure his friends things. He finds one last bird that once again tries to eat
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him. He neasures the bird song and that how he gets away again.
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LibraryThing member rxs008
great book, really colorful. about an inch worm that can measure just about anything. keeps children engaged.
LibraryThing member sharmon05
The animals and insects in this story have many human characteristics; this makes it so this book is a good example of a fantasy. The story also has an excellent plot. Even though the book is short, the story contains all of the elements of plot. This makes it so the story moves quickly and is
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LibraryThing member katiejanelewis
A beautiful green inchworm was almost eaten by a hungry robin until the inchworm proved that he had a special skill. The inchworm offered to measure the robin's tail and impressed the robin so much that he was taken to measure other animals. One day, the robin demands the inchworm to measure his
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song. The inchworm tries to explain that he can only measure things, not songs, but the robin threatens to eat him! So, the inchworm measures the song... inch by inch by inch... until he inches out of sight.
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LibraryThing member kmsmith13
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member cldruhot
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member KayceeWeeter
This is a children's story about a little inchworm who measures his way away from danger. Instead of being eaten by birds, the inchworm measures their beaks and other things. He is eventually asked to measure something that he cannot. Instead of saying he cannot do it, he "measures" this song and
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inches his way away from being eaten again!
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LibraryThing member clgribbin
An inchworm measures a robin's tail, then proceeds to measure all different body parts of other animals. Then a nightingale wants the inchworm to measure its' song but the inchworm said he can onle mease things not songs. He went ahead and told the nightingale to begin singing, so the inchworm
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could inch away out of sight before getting eaten.
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LibraryThing member eggiovanetti
This is a story about a worm that cons his way out of getting eaten by offering to measure animals. Each animal threatens to eat him, but he measures something on them and is let free. Then, a nightengale says the worm must measure her song else she will eat him. The worm inches his way to safety,
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once again getting out of being eaten.
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