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How big is a million?

Picture books
How big is a million?

  • A million is a very big number. But exactly how big? Pipkin the penguin wants to know just that.
  • The wonderful tale of a small penguin with a big heart on a journey to discover just how big a million really is.
  • A special 1 x 1.5m fold-out poster at the end of the book shows Pipkin looking at the sky, printed with exactly one million stars.
  • Charmingly illustrated with gentle humour and memorable characters.

Padded hardback with poster:

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Extra information

Age: 3+

Padded hardback with poster:
ISBN: 9780746077696
24 pages
250 x 250mm

Author/Editor: Anna Milbourne

Illustrator: Serena Riglietti

Press reviews

Perfect for children who ask lots of questions, especially 'how big, how many' questions! Pipkin is a small penguin that follows a trail of adventures trying to work out 'how big is a million'. A simple concept, with sweet illustrations, and a fantastic ending, which I won't give away!
Toppsta Reader Review
It's hard to imagine really big numbers, so here they're illustrated: 10 fish, 100 penguins, 1000 snowflakes and an amazing one million stars, printed on a special 1 x 1.5m fold-out poster at the end of the book. A lovely story that makes it much easier to visualise large numbers.
The School Run
Ideal for children curious about really big numbers, this book follows a little penguin's quest to explore tens, hundreds, thousands and the ultimate million. Featuring 100 penguins, which you can try and count together.
Practical Pre-School
This brand new picture book helps children understand the concept of big numbers and quantify exactly how big a million is, through the journey of inquisitive Pipkin the penguin.
Baby & Co - Story Time

Reader reviews

Love it!
I absolutely love this book!!! I am a teacher and fell in love with this book immediately! Lots of aspects about love, family, science(penguins huddling together to keep warm, beauty of snowflakes, penguin's diet), geography (South Pole), and of course the visual representation and comparisons of how big one million is. Today, once I finished the book we all looked at how many schools of our size it would take to make a million students (answer: 1703 - four years worth of assemblies for every single day!!) Also, the artwork is just gorgeous!

Linda, 26th November 2010
How big is a million
This is a really beautiful book, it really gives children and adults the concept of visual amounts.

Nicola Dean, 15th November 2007
The Best Usborne Book EVER!
This is, hands down, the best Usborne Book ever published, and I own a lot of them! We are invited in and gently lead by the hand as Pipkin first goes to find a million and then finds "his" million. The first time I read this book, I cried. Literally. When my 3-year-old saw the poster he said, "Holy Macaroni!" and when my 8 and 11-year olds saw it, they couldn't believe that was a million! Adults and children alike...as well as those who set budgets...should all be shown what a million is!

Beth York, 14th November 2007


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