Spiders! (TFK Science Scoops Series)


From deserts to forests to inside your living room, spiders are everywhere! You can spot the sticky webs that they weave to catch their dinners. Spiders can be many different colors and move in surprising ways. Some roll across the sand. Others walk on water!

In SPIDERS!, TIME For Kids® unravels the mysteries of these amazing eight-legged creatures.

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From deserts to forests to inside your living room, spiders are everywhere! You can spot the sticky webs that they weave to catch their dinners. Spiders can be many different colors and move in surprising ways. Some roll across the sand. Others walk on water!

In SPIDERS!, TIME For Kids® unravels the mysteries of these amazing eight-legged creatures.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This new series of early readers, "Time for Kids Science Scoops," is taken from material prepared by the editors along with Nicole Iorio. Like any other early reader series, the books are leveled—Level 1 is targeted for beginning readers, Level 2 for developing readers and Level 3 is designed for confident readers. The full-page photographs have text boxes superimposed, but the judicious layout of the text boxes is such that no important information is lost from the images. The books in the series are nonfiction and while the text is at times choppy and often just a litany of facts, they are interesting facts. Readers of this title learn spiders are not insects, they are arachnids. The difference between arachnids and insects is made clear in two side-by-side, full page, labeled diagrams. Spider silk is also nature's strongest fiber. The Level 1 books contain a words to know picture glossary, while Level two also adds a section of interesting factoids entitled "Did You Know?" Level 3 adds even another small section of "Fun Facts." Spiders! is a Level 3 book, guided reading level N-O, Spache reading level 2.96. Lesson plans can be found at www.harperteachers.com. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-A visually appealing format is the highlight of these easy readers. Each book consists of several chapters in which short paragraphs of large-print text are overlaid on color-photo spreads. Simply written sentences describe outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics shared by the animals, one or two distinctive characteristics of more than a dozen particular species, diet, birth of young, etc. Each title also profiles a scientist in the field; Sharks! includes a brief entry on a photographer as well. The photos are excellent; most are sharply defined, well-composed close-ups of representative species in their natural habitats. Smaller photos of additional species are superimposed on some of the spreads; all animals are identified in captions by common names. Each title also includes a simple diagram with labels attached to major body parts and captions describing their functions. Color is an important element throughout. Headings appear in contrasting colors, the text often is in white print to show up against the dark backgrounds of many of the photos, and a colorful double border runs across the top of each spread. Miscellaneous facts are offered in sidebars (e.g., one in Sharks offers safety tips for swimmers) and on the last few pages, along with a short, illustrated glossary. Both titles are aimed at a slightly younger audience than Laurence Pringle's more detailed Sharks!: Strange and Wonderful (2001) and Sandra Markle's excellent introduction to spider physiology, Spiders: Biggest! Littlest! (2004, both Boyds Mills) and will appeal to reluctant readers.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A visually arresting design scheme and stunning, high-quality photographs captivate the reader in this fluency-level entry for "confident readers" in the new TIME for Kids Science Scoops series. Engaging design elements include a variety of colored typefaces for chapter titles and heads, brightly colored diagrams and fact boxes and a coordinating photographic border at the top of each page to delineate chapter changes. The text is written in simple, clear language and covers basic anatomy, reproduction, webs, prey and behavior. A short interview with a spider expert is included, along with a glossary of terms. Classroom teachers will find this useful for beginning research reports, for classroom reading groups and for independent reading, and the volume will also serve younger children well as an introduction to spiders. Kids who like insects will be entranced by the photographs, and even children who don't like spiders may find this an effective antidote to arachnophobia. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060576349
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2005
  • Series: Time For Kids Series
  • Edition description: Level 3
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 264,644
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The editors of TIME For Kids® are committed to informing millions of kids about the world and their place in it. As part of a national news organization, they bring expert and age-appropriate reporting and photography from around the globe to books, classroom magazines, and a website.

The editors of TIME For Kids® are frequent visitors to classrooms all over the country. And the TFK Kid Reporters have appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, CNN, and Fox News.

TFK editors also publish the TIME For Kids® Science Scoops series, giving kids the inside scoop on the world’s most fascinating topics.

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