THE TARANTULA SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
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THE TARANTULA SCIENTIST

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Age Range: 8 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sam Marshall loved animals, but disliked school—until a college research project on tarantulas made him realize that science is a process, not a set of answers. Montgomery and Bishop team up for another stellar excursion into the world of working scientists. They accompany Marshall on a research trip to the rainforests of French Guiana, and document his enthusiasm for large, hairy “spider dinosaurs” in crisp, detailed photographs and clear, lively prose. Returning with him to his Hiram College lab, filled with spiders, student researchers, and questions, they show what kind of questions scientists ask about spiders, and how they learn the answers. Montgomery has a gift for scene-setting, describing Marshall’s activities in just enough detail. She deftly weaves clear explanations and comparisons into the main text (“ . . . their ‘skin’ is called an exoskeleton, because exo—like exit—means ‘outside’ ”). Bishop’s phenomenal photos show spiders mating, shedding their skin, even leaping through the air. It’s enough to make Miss Muffet fall in love. (Nonfiction. 8-14)

Pub Date: March 23rd, 2004
ISBN: 0-618-14799-3
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2004




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