Reference: Lionni, L. (1960). Inch By Inch. New York: Alfred A. Knopf

  • Caldecott Honor 1961

Brief annotation: This story is about a inchworm who tells a Robin not to eat him becuase he is useful. The inchworm says he can measure things and measures the Robin’s tail. Then the Robin takes the inchworm to other birds to have their tails measured. They visit a flamingo, a Toucan, a Pheasant, and a hummingbird. Then other birds ask the ichworm to measure other things like the Nightingale wants his song measured, and the inchworm out smarts the Nightingale and inches out of sight.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 2

Readers who will like this: Reader who like reading books about animals will like this book especially if they enjoy books where a tiny animal/insect out smarts bigger/stronger animals.

Rating/Response 1-5: 4, I enjoyed reading the clever ways the inchworm fools the birds and eventually sneaks away from them. I also enjoyed the colors of the illustrations they are very realistic.

Text-Dependent Question: How many inches was the Robin’s tail? How did the inchworm out smart all the birds who would of loved to eat the inchworm for a meal?