Sneaky, Spinning Baby Spiders

Sneaky, Spinning Baby Spiders

by Sandra Markle
     
 

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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 sacs—sometimes hundreds at a time—they must avoid danger until they are big enough to

Overview

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 sacs—sometimes hundreds at a time—they 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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
In this fascinating book, readers learn how spider eggs are created and what certain spiders do to protect their young. Spiderlings or young spiders start out as itsy bitsy eggs inside a fragile-looking silky sac. Female spiders are bigger then their male counterparts so that they are stronger and able to create more eggs to ensure the survival of their race. All species of spider eat meat—including other spiders—so they must be clever when hiding their young, or other spiders will eat them as a snack. A world map shows the different types of spiders and where they live. Page numbers shown on this map identify where to go to find certain spiders, including the black widow from Madagascar or the jumping spider in the United States. Vivid colorful photographs are breathtaking; the photographer must have exercised enormous patience to catch images of spiders snagging prey or hovering over their young. One picture of a wolf spider made me feel like it was there with me. Vocabulary words would be better bold-faced to alert readers that terms such as prey or spinnerets can be found in the glossary at the back, and the "Spiders Are Cool" section at the back should be distributed throughout the book. Still, this book should be a part of any young reader's library. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802796974
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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