Tricky Trapdoor Spiders

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What's so tricky about the trapdoor spider? It's the way it catches its food. The trapdoor spider waits in a hole in the ground, under a hidden door. When an insect walks by, the spider flips the door open, jumps out of the hole, and grabs its victim. Look inside to discover more fascinating facts about this tricky creature.
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Overview

What's so tricky about the trapdoor spider? It's the way it catches its food. The trapdoor spider waits in a hole in the ground, under a hidden door. When an insect walks by, the spider flips the door open, jumps out of the hole, and grabs its victim. Look inside to discover more fascinating facts about this tricky creature.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Backman
What makes trap-door spiders so tricky? This spider waits in a hole in the ground, under a hidden door. When an insect walks by, the sneaky spider flips open the door, jumps out of its hole, and grabs its victim. Young readers will uncover this and many more intriguing facts as they delve into the unusual world of these sneaky spiders. Grade-appropriate text will engage beginning and developing readers as they learn about the habitat, diet, physical characteristics, and behavior of this unique arachnid. This volume, part of the "No Backbone!: The World of Invertebrates" series, presents facts about the trapdoor spider in explicit, brief sentences, using descriptions children can easily understand. A good-sized, easily readable font is used throughout. The format is well organized and laid out, covering a variety of topics. Each two-page spread contains text and photo on the left, with a full-page photo on the right, and an additional fact in a web-shaped bubble. Full color photos, some with labels, show stunning detail. Text features, such as a table of contents, index, and a list of additional resources, are very useful for teaching information skills. Several related vocabulary words which are fully-defined with an accompanying picture may be found in the glossary. The index and a couple of suggested titles for further reading appear in the back. No sources are cited but a consultant and curator are credited. In addition, facts about invertebrates in general can be found in the back. A website for the series offers more information, and games and activities teachers may find useful. This title provides its readers with an engaging, strong introduction to the trapdoor spider. Reviewer: Laura Backman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597167079
  • Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: No Backbone! Series: Spiders
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG840L (what's this?)

Table of Contents


Tricky Spiders     4
Digging Deep     6
Covering Up     8
Waiting for Dinner     10
Time to Eat     12
Hiding from Enemies     14
Warm Places, Cool Burrows     16
Little Spiders     18
Growing Up     20
A World of Invertebrates     22
Glossary     23
Index     24
Read More     24
Learn More Online     24
About the Author     24
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