Sneaky, Spinning Baby Spidersby Sandra Markle
Baby spiders start their lives as little creatures, smaller than the letters on this page. Once a mother spider lays her eggs, she's on the lookout for hungry predators hoping to feast on her growing offspring. Then, from the moment the spiderlings break out of their egg sacssometimes hundreds at a timethey must avoid danger until they are big enough to
Baby spiders start their lives as little creatures, smaller than the letters on this page. Once a mother spider lays her eggs, she's on the lookout for hungry predators hoping to feast on her growing offspring. Then, from the moment the spiderlings break out of their egg sacssometimes hundreds at a timethey must avoid danger until they are big enough to start spinning silk into beautifully woven webs to snag their own prey. Stunning, up-close photographs show baby spiders as they begin life and grow into adults. With the most up-to-date research about spiders from around the world, science expert Sandra Markle will capture even the most arachnophobic of readers.
Markle's intimate style beckons readers into her text and immediately immerses them in the world of spiderlings. The author defines terminology throughout so there's no stopping to wonder what "ballooning" means or how to pronounce arachnids. The full-color photographs are the work of many photographers and are filled with energy, especially the Jumping Spider captured mid-leap to catch a fly. Every image is a stand-alone work of art that viewers will be enticed to linger over. Although many mother spiders either abandon their eggs or die after producing them, Markle shows and tells about those that guard and protect their young. She introduces about 14 species (of the 30,000 spiders worldwide), but she does it in such vivid detail and with such respect and appreciation that youngsters will feel connected to these spider moms and their babies.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Meet the Author
Sandra Markle is a former elementary school science teacher and the author of many award-winning books for children. Her books include Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs, a Nick Jr. Family Magazine's Best Book of the Year, and Outside and Inside Killer Bees, an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book. Markle is also noted for developing science specials for CNN and PBS and an award-winning Internet-based education program funded by the National Science Foundation. She lives in New Zealand with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.
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