Spiders Spin Webs

Spiders Spin Webs

by Yvonne Winer, Karen Lloyd-Jones
     
 

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With this book, young readers get a chance to look up close at a stunning variety of webs and spiders from around the world. Concise, lilting verses present each spider, revealing how, when, where, and why these fascinating creatures spin webs. Colorful, detailed illustrations depict each one with dazzling realism. A spider identification guide and additional book and

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With this book, young readers get a chance to look up close at a stunning variety of webs and spiders from around the world. Concise, lilting verses present each spider, revealing how, when, where, and why these fascinating creatures spin webs. Colorful, detailed illustrations depict each one with dazzling realism. A spider identification guide and additional book and Internet resources are included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
I have to admit up front that I am not fond of spiders. But I must say that the poems presented give a good deal of information about spiders. The author describes the how, when, where and why spiders spin webs. In addition the guide at the back of the book gives detailed information on each species of spider mentioned in the book. A good educational resource for a science curriculum. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A poetry book that's as deftly constructed as the silken snares it celebrates. Winer introduces 15 different kinds of spiders in two-page sections. On the verso of each spread, five lines of verse are presented along with a portrait of a spider. On the opposite page, a realistically rendered painting, done in watercolor, gouache, and airbrush, depicts the same arachnid in its natural habitat (in two cases, only its web is shown). The verses focus on the webs, or the use of spider silk (not all species spin webs); they allude, as well, to the cycles of nature that affect the creatures. The poetry is full of rich imagery, has a strong meter, and reads aloud well. The first and last line of every verse are the same. A two-page "Spider Identification Guide" is appended. A reduced version of the portrait accompanying each poem is also included. While there are some collections of nature poetry that include a poem or two about arachnids, they are few and far between; often the selections are comical in nature and paint the spider in a sinister light. With its beautiful artwork and smoothly written verse, Spiders Spin Webs is a rare treat. It effectively expresses a reverence toward nature in a way that children can understand.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The hows, whens, wheres, and whys of the webs spun by various spiders are set to verse in this Australian import, accompanied by full-color watercolor and gouache paintings of each arachnid and its type of web. Spiderwebs are likened to the sails of a galleon and upside-down rainbows painted in dew; spinning spiders are depicted in winter and moonlight, in holes that are stuffy, or cradled in trees. Webs trap insects, hold air, and provide a haven from heat, and they offer "A gift to the world/A gift to our souls." Slight on information, each poem seeks readers who would probably marvel at these spider architects unprompted. Each type of spider is handsomely drawn, yet unidentified until the guide at the back of the book matches common names, Latin names, worldwide range, and brief characteristics with corresponding spider cousins. The humdrum verse falls prey to rhymes such as "gaily unfold" and "palettes of gold," "wintry winds blow" and "spring's gentle glow," creating a monotonous tempo at odds with the extraordinary creatures each poem extols, further exalted in the art. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881069846
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.69(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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