Up, up, and Away

Up, up, and Away

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by Ginger Wadsworth, Patricia J. Wynne
     
 

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One spider's search for a home of her own

Each spring hundreds of spiders hatch from their egg sacs and begin their struggle to survive. They must protect themselves not only from predators, but also from their very own siblings!

Ginger Wadsworth and Patricia J. Wynne chronicle the real-life drama of one spider as she eats, grows, spins a dragline of silk, and

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One spider's search for a home of her own

Each spring hundreds of spiders hatch from their egg sacs and begin their struggle to survive. They must protect themselves not only from predators, but also from their very own siblings!

Ginger Wadsworth and Patricia J. Wynne chronicle the real-life drama of one spider as she eats, grows, spins a dragline of silk, and soars up, up, and away to find a home of her own.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
The life span of a type of garden spider that is also called zipper or writing spider is detailed in this beautifully illustrated book. The pictures combine the use of colored pencil, ink, watercolor and gouache to perfectly accompany the text through a year in the spider's eventful life. In the fall, a mother spider lays her eggs and then binds them into a sac that she then attaches to a tree branch. The tiny newborns remain inside until the warmth of spring makes them chew their way outside. Here danger lurks from hungry birds, lizards and siblings. But Spider manages to escape on her newly created silk thread that catches the wind and takes her over the sea and eventually back to a farm. Here she expertly spins her webs to catch her meals of flies, beetles and other insects. With the arrival of fall, Spider mates and begins the process all over again. The final page of the book provides additional information to be shared by adults with young children. Curious youngsters will delight in this wonderful book. It should be in every science collection. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This book describes the life cycle of the black-and-yellow Argiope aurantia (a type of garden spider). After a mother spider lays her eggs, the spiderlings hatch inside the egg sac and wait for spring to chew a hole and emerge into the sunlight. Seeking a permanent home, one young female "spins out silken thread into the breeze" and floats upward, ballooning gracefully on air currents, and eventually finds a safe haven where she matures, meets a mate (there is no mention of details), and lays her own eggs, beginning the cycle anew. The clear, simple text is perfectly accompanied by delicate, bright-hued watercolors. Kids who want more may enjoy the brilliant photos in Nic Bishop's Spiders (Scholastic, 2007), even if they are not ready for the more in-depth text. Wadsworth and Wynne have created a sturdy framework for introducing their subject's architecturally elegant orb web.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
"When the warm winds blow" in spring, a host of tiny garden spiderlings clamber out of the silken sac that protected them over the winter, and one-eluding hungry predators that include her own brothers and sisters-spins a long strand that carries her away on the breeze. After a long season in her new home she spins her own egg sac, fills it and then dies "as mother spiders do every year." Wadsworth retraces this life cycle in simple, non-anthropomorphic language, and Wynne's pale, naturalistic illustrations are just as restrained and matter-of-fact. Her delicate watercolor, gouache, ink and colored-pencil images include just enough detail to focus readers' attention on what matters, from Spider's many escapes from predators to her own successful trapping of prey. Along with being good preparatory material for a shared reading of Charlotte's Web (obviously intentional, as this book is dedicated to E.B. White), this may draw budding naturalists looking for a less melodramatic alternative to Sandra Markle's Sneaky, Spinning Baby Spiders (2008). (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580892216
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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