I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Webs and Other Questions about Creepy Crawlies

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Which beetle fires a spray gun? Can spiders kill people? Which insect tastes with its toes? With detailed, lively answers to these and many other fascinating questions, I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Webs is a perfect introduction to the world of creepy crawlies. Combining incredible information with awesome artwork, it is guaranteed to amaze and inspire!
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Overview

Which beetle fires a spray gun? Can spiders kill people? Which insect tastes with its toes? With detailed, lively answers to these and many other fascinating questions, I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Webs is a perfect introduction to the world of creepy crawlies. Combining incredible information with awesome artwork, it is guaranteed to amaze and inspire!
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4Although illustrated throughout with excellent drawings, some lifelike and some cartoons, the pictures in these books don't show the relative sizes of the subjects under discussion. For instance, a fairly creepy centipede is practically as big as a young child shown sleeping with his teddy bear, and a bee and a bear appear to be about the same size. The question-and-answer format doesn't work well, either. The questions aren't the kind that would spring naturally or commonly from a child's mind. Instead, they seem to have been made up in order to provide a certain answer, e.g. ``What digs graves and then robs them?,'' ``Which bridge can you shop on?,'' and ``Which insect has a fierce bottom?'' These questions don't build on one another, thus adding to the erratic quality of their presentation. Each title has an index, but these books are unlikely resources for ready reference or reports, and it's doubtful that they will generate much demand.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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answers are simply written, but they don't shy away from scientific language, difficult issues, or remaining mysteries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753465240
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: I Wonder Why Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 385,482
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.99 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda O'Neill has worked in education since 1976 and has been a freelance writer and editor since 1986. She has written books on a wide range of subjects and wrote both I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Webs, and Cats. Amanda has never lived without cats - her current feline friend is rescue-cat Jess, a seven-year-old part-Burmese. Amanda lives in Leicestershire, England, with her family and a whole host of reptiles, bugs, and other creatures.

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Table of Contents

Which is the biggest creepy crawly? 4
What is the smallest creepy crawly? 5
What is an insect? 6
When is a fly not a fly? 6
What is a bug? 7
Are spiders insects? 7
Why do spiders spin webs? 8
How do spiders make thread? 8
When do spiders fly? 9
What does an insect feel with its feelers? 10
Which insect tastes with its toes? 11
Which insect listens with its legs? 11
Why do caterpillars change into butterflies? 12
Which insect makes the best mother? 14
What hatches out in a vase? 14
Which insect is the laziest parent? 15
Which insects wear armor? 16
Which beetle fires a spray gun? 16
What digs graves, then robs them? 17
Why do moths flutter around lamps? 18
Why do glow-worms glow 18
How do grasshoppers play the violin? 19
How do mosquitoes hum? 19
Why do bees live in hives? 20
Why do bees dance? 20
Why do bees carry brushes and baskets? 21
Which ants live in a tent? 22
Whose house has a trap door? 22
Whose nest is paper thin? 23
Which dragon lives under water? 24
Which bug does the backstroke? 25
When is a flower not a flower? 26
When is a leaf not a leaf? 27
Which insect has a fierce bottom? 27
What has a sting in its tail? 28
Can spiders kill people? 28
What kills more than a million people a year? 29
Which killing machine has 120 million legs? 29
Are creepy crawlies good for people? 30
Are people good for creepy crawlies? 31
Index 32
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