Inch by Inch

Inch by Inch

Book - 1960
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Baker & Taylor
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


Caldecott Honor Book * New York Times Best Illustrated Book

This favorite classic picture book introduces children to a winning, winsome inchworm who can measure anything under the sun, from a robin’s tail to a toucan’s beak. When a hungry nightingale threatens to eat him for breakfast unless he can measure her song, the inchworm will have to cleverly solve the dilemma. This is a whimsical and sweet picture book that asks, “Can a song be measured?”

“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

& Taylor

The return of a classic picture book by an award-winning author-illustrator tells of a lovable inchworm who is very proud of his facility for measuring absolutely everything. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Astor-Honor, [c1960]
ISBN: 9780688132835
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Read on July 30, 2013

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Nov 01, 2018

Simple, fun book about a clever inch worm.

Sep 07, 2017

A very cute story, about an inch worm who understands his worth, and manages to outsmart some hungry birds. A nice easy read, my 3 year old loved it. With beautiful artwork, and a sly protagonist.

ArapahoeSteffen Feb 08, 2017

Just spoke with a grandmother who had the great idea of creating a one inch inchworm for her grandson to measure with as a companion activity to this simple and gorgeous book by the uber-talented Leo Lionni.

Nov 12, 2015

A delightful story for children of all ages.

nypl_morningside_heights Apr 08, 2014

great illustration that wok very well with the story. Fun to read.


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