While we are on the topic of life-size things I have to rave about a set of books I got Eva for her birthday.
The Life-Size Zoo series by Teruyuki Komiya is absolutely amazing! Each book contains photographs of animals you would find at the zoo or the aquarium. The best part is each picture is actual-size! So some animals fit on a page and others don't even fill the giant fold-out pages. Eva loves them! We read each one several times a day. Besides the photographs, there is information and fun facts about each animal. (Did you know pandas poop around 100 poops a day? We do now thanks to these books!) There are about 20 animals in each book and the books themselves are quite big and hardcover with several fold-out pages in each- definitely worth the ~$12 they are selling for on Amazon. (Click on any of the books above and you'll be taken to Amazon.)