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SPIDERS by Sandra Markle


Biggest! Littlest!

by Sandra Markle & photographed by Simon Pollard

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-59078-190-2
Publisher: Boyds Mills

How does it help a spider to be big or little? Markle provides brief text and many photos to demonstrate how body size, huge eyes, two-story webs, and large fangs help different spiders survive. As with other titles in this series, the author uses guiding questions to encourage children to explore the world around them. The author of over 70 science books for children, Markle effortlessly engages the youngest science reader and stimulates the curiosity of less able older readers, discussing how spiders catch their prey, inject venom, molt, and spin webs. She concludes with a world map showing where to find the spiders described, size information on species, as well as a brief spider vocabulary and surprising facts. New Zealand spider biologist Pollard provides striking extra-large, close-up photos of spiders, their fangs, silk spinnerets, webs, eggs, and eyes. Most of the spiders are New Zealand natives, so spider-spotters will need to look elsewhere for local species information. A good beginning to inspire discussion of animal adaptation. (Nonfiction. 5-8)