Wind Scorpions: Killer Jaws

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What is that creature attacking a lizard with its the giant jaws? It's a wind scorpion!

In this book, you will learn how wind scorpions are similar to and very different from other arachnids. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about the wind scorpion's body both inside and out. A hands-on activity demonstrates how wind scorpions are able to pick up prey to eat it. Learn more about ...

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Overview

What is that creature attacking a lizard with its the giant jaws? It's a wind scorpion!

In this book, you will learn how wind scorpions are similar to and very different from other arachnids. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about the wind scorpion's body both inside and out. A hands-on activity demonstrates how wind scorpions are able to pick up prey to eat it. Learn more about this fascinating member of nature's Arachnid World.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Shark jaws are scary things; the giant jaws of wind scorpions are just as scary! These creatures do not have traits similar to those of a spider. They do not spin silk and they do not have venom to inject into prey. Instead, their common defense is made up of their large, powerful jaws—bigger than the jaws of any other arachnid. Both jaws of wind scorpions have sharp teeth that can break skin or scales. A bite from one of these creatures will hurt a person but it will not make the person sick. This book, from the "Arachnid World" series, offers a complete picture of wind scorpions, sometimes called sun spiders or camel spiders. The author has consulted experts to inform her well-written text. Close-up photos enhance the text and aid in comprehension. The book's format consists of ten chapters covering wind scorpions, including their description, how they become adults, how they hunt, and how they court and reproduce. Excellent back matter includes resources, information about other big-jawed arachnids, a glossary, an index, and an activity that allows readers to understand how a wind scorpion picks up little prey. This book makes a welcome addition to science lessons dealing with arachnids and life cycles. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—These well-crafted introductions take a close look at arachnids with extraordinary attributes. In each title, a succinct text describes general characteristics; major physical and behavioral characteristics shared by all of the featured invertebrates; distinctive traits of particular species; habitats; life cycles; feeding habits and diets, etc. Each book concludes with a story outlining the lives of representative males and females, from birth to reproduction as adults. Sharp, close-up color photos (extreme close-ups in Mites) depict each stage of their life cycles. In some sections, a photo appears on every page; in others, a full-page close-up alternates with each page of text. About a dozen species are depicted in Tarantulas and Mites, four in Wind Scorpions. Highlighting each title are detailed, double-page, anatomical diagrams of both external and internal key body parts. Hexagon-shaped sidebars, scattered throughout, offer additional facts. Addenda include information on related arachnids and a simple activity demonstrating a behavior discussed in the text (feeding, molting, etc.). Mites and Tarantulas offer more detail on anatomy than other introductions, such as Carrie Gleason's Feasting Bedbugs, Mites, and Ticks (Crabtree, 2011) and Alice B. McGinty's The Tarantula (Rosen, 2002); they also describe mating (and depict it in Tarantulas), which these earlier titles do not. As there is little information available on wind scorpions, Markle's books will also help fill a gap. Valuable resources for both students and arachnophiles alike.—Karey Wehner, formerly at the San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761350484
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Arachnid World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally known science education consultant.

Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children's Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist.

Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links.

Markle lives in New Zealand with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffry.

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