HOUSE MOUSE; THE SPIDER'S WEB by Oxford Scientific Films


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In series with the same team's Bees and Honey and The Butterfly Cycle (both 1977), and no better adapted for young readers, each of these begins with a dry four-page introduction (""In the early stages of web-spinning there is considerable adjustment. . . . When the radials are complete, the spider makes a preliminary spiral. . .""), then proceeds with photo magnifications in iridescent color, each picture elucidated by a line or so of text. The Spider's Web concentrates on the very different webs of two particular spiders, the common Garden spider and the stick-like Net-Throwing, or Ogre-Faced, Spider. The pictures offer a close view, but not always a clear one; overall they are more spectacular than informative. The House Mouse introduction describes the animal's habits and development; the pictures here--a mouse's head peeping out from a flip-top opening in a beer can; mice nibbling cheese, descending a rope, mating; a litter closely, and most effectively, observed at ages two, five, ten, and 16 days--are more accessible and interesting.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1978
Publisher: Putnam