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Sneaky, Spinning Baby Spiders
     

Sneaky, Spinning Baby Spiders

by Sandra Markle
 

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Sandra Markle has done it again, this time taking on the sneakiest of creatures- baby spiders. From the minute a mother spider lays her eggs, she's on patrol to guard against hungry predators hoping to feast on her growing offspring. Then as soon as the spiderlings break out of their egg sacs-sometimes hundreds at a time-they must avoid danger until they are big

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Sandra Markle has done it again, this time taking on the sneakiest of creatures- baby spiders. From the minute a mother spider lays her eggs, she's on patrol to guard against hungry predators hoping to feast on her growing offspring. Then as soon as 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 their remarkably strong silk into beautifully woven webs to snag their own prey. Amazing, up-close photographs and the most up-to-date research about baby spiders from around the world offers a rare glimpse into these creatures' remarkable beginnings.

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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 the best-selling and award-winning American author of more than five dozen nonfiction projects for young readers. She is a former elementary school science teacher whose books in her popular Outside and Inside series have earned several starred reviews and many awards. She lives with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery, in New Zealand.

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