School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-Series titles aimed at arachnophiles and researchers looking for a particular species. The data is accurate, if occasionally simplistic in its presentation. It is never mentioned, for example, that wolf spiders have toothed margins on their strong jaws, which account for their "crushing" capabilities. Some duplication is inevitable when describing spider anatomy in each title (though chelicerae are mentioned only in Crab Spiders). The readable texts are broken into useful topics ("Finding A Mate," "Hunting Prey"), with unfamiliar terms printed in bold type and later defined in the glossary. "Did You Know?" boxes and photo captions provide additional information. (However, the captive described in a caption in Crab Spider is not a bumblebee but a type of vespid wasp.) A large font and wide spacing of text make these titles seem particularly approachable, and the abundant use of color photographs adds to their visual appeal. More detailed and busy than James E. Gerholdt's "Spiders" series (ABDO) and more specific in their focus than Ann Squire's attractive Spiders of North America (Watts, 2000), these titles will be useful additions, but with more than 3000 spider species in North America alone, this series could easily get out of hand.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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