Are You A Spider? (Backyard Books)

Are You A Spider? (Backyard Books)

by Judy Allen, Tudor Humphries
     
 

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Did you know that when a spider's web is damaged, a spider will often eat the remaining silk before making a new one? Young children will make many amazing discoveries about spiders in the captivating Backyard Books: Are You a Spider? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries.

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Did you know that when a spider's web is damaged, a spider will often eat the remaining silk before making a new one? Young children will make many amazing discoveries about spiders in the captivating Backyard Books: Are You a Spider? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries.

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Children's Literature

This book can be used as a read-aloud or an early reader. This will make a very useful and friendly tool for introducing spiders.

School Library Journal

An attractive introduction to creatures likely to be found in backyards and empty lots...Readers will find Butterfly and Spider comforting and helpful, with touches of humor scattered throughout.

Children's Literature
If you come back in another life as a spider, this is the book for you. Everything you need to know to survive one day as an arachnid is covered. You get instructions on building and maintaining a web, attracting dinner and preparing it for consumption, and even tips on how to avoid enemies such as wasps and birds. Large, straightforward illustrations provide helpful visual reinforcement. The end of the book compares human children to their eight-legged counterparts, recapping the important points of the text plus giving a few more choice facts to digest about spiders. Did you know there are more than 35,000 different kinds of spiders in the world? Introducing readers to the unique aspects of just a few more specific spiders would have been appreciated. Like other titles in the "Backyard Book" series, which feature living things found in the backyard, this book can be used as a read-aloud or an early reader. This will make a very useful and friendly tool for introducing spiders. 2003 (orig. 2000),
— Connie Van Hoven
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Two attractive introductions to creatures likely to be found in backyards and empty lots. Beginning with the title questions, the simple, conversational texts go on to present various facets of the lives of the featured animals. As newly hatched butterflies, readers are reassured, "Your wings are crumpled. They look terrible. Don't worry." As spiders, they are warned, "If you catch a wasp in your web, don't try to eat it." Ultimately, readers are returned to human childhood and given a couple of pages of extra data about their fanciful incarnations. The softly colored, realistic illustrations depict caterpillars/butterflies and spiderlings/spiders going about their daily lives, keeping step with the text, and the focus comes back to a group of children at the close. Small carps-the butterflies have a pair of parents; the spiders only a mother. Neither species is identified, and some spiders do not spin elaborate webs. These titles are somewhat reminiscent of Mick Manning's equally engaging A Ruined House (1996) and Karen Wallace's Red Fox (1994, both Candlewick). Readers will find Butterfly and Spider comforting and helpful, with touches of humor scattered throughout.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753456095
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
05/16/2003
Series:
Backyard Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
31
Sales rank:
346,916
Product dimensions:
6.59(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal. Tudor Humphries' recent titles include Hiding and A Floating World. Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Novel Award. Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.

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