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Title:
Insects and spiders of the world.
Author:
Marshall Cavendish Corporation.
Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2003.
Physical Description:
11 volumes : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780761473343

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Summary

Summary

Insects, spiders and related arthropods account for almost three-fourths of all known animal life, and yet the general reader knows very little about them. Insects and Spiders of the World takes readers on a fascinating journey of discovery both across the globe and inside their own backyards. Focusing on selected members of the class Insecta, assorted spiders and scorpions of the class Arachnida, as well as other arthropods, this set offers a glimpse into a strange and marvelous world waiting to be explored.


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Booklist Review

Insects, spiders, and other related arthropods account for almost 75 percent of all species. This set presents readers in grades four through eight with information about these creatures as well as general topics such as insect evolution, migration, and insecticide. Nearly 200 entries are arranged alphabetically and range in length from one to six pages. Each entry is color coded into one of four categories: insects (Ant, Bedbug, Termite); spiders (Black widow, House spider, Tarantula); other arthropods (Centipede, Millipede, Scorpion); and overview (Arachnology, Communication, Metamorphosis). Many articles include a "Key Facts" box with basic details concerning habitat, breeding, and so on as well as a distribution map that indicates where the insect or spider lives in the world. Many longer articles also have sidebars that provide more detailed information about one particular aspect of the topic. Entries are further enhanced by diagrams, illustrations, and vivid color photographs. All entries include a see also box of headings to refer to within the set for more information. Volume 1 contains a reader's guide and table of contents to the entire set. Each volume has its own table of contents as well as a glossary of terms mentioned in the text and an index. The final volume offers a comprehensive glossary and index for the set as well as several subject indexes, including "Insects," "Spiders," "Behavior," and "Habitat." Also included in the final volume are an arthropod tree, a key to arthropod identification, and facts about arthropod diversity. In addition, listings of Internet sites, books, organizations, and museums to contact for further research are provided. This comprehensive encyclopedia is easily accessible and provides a nice introduction to insects and spiders. An excellent purchase for school and public libraries.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-10-In close to 200 articles, this alphabetically arranged, accessible encyclopedia introduces a wide variety of arthropods, both common and rare. Each entry falls into one of four color-coded subject categories: "Insects," "Spiders," "Other Arthropods," or "Overview," which includes articles about related topics. The text succinctly describes each creature's major physical and behavioral characteristics, special characteristics of particular species, habitat, diet, feeding methods, life cycle, defense mechanisms, natural enemies, relationship to humans, etc. Many include courting and mating behavior. The one- to six-page articles are clearly written and define important scientific terms as they appear. One or two excellent illustrations accompany the text on every page, and are a mix of sharp, close-up, color photographs; a smattering of photomicrographs; color drawings; and diagrams. Many of the articles also include a distribution map. Special features include a narrow "Key Facts" insert providing scientific names, distinctive features, size, habitat, etc.; boxed inserts; and see-also references. The index volume contains useful addenda including a diagram showing relationships among different arthropods and tips on identifying and observing the animals in the field. These articles provide more in-depth material than is found in most encyclopedias and relate some fascinating details not offered in single-volume introductions to the same animals. As most general animal encyclopedias give only token representation to insects, spiders, and their relatives, this colorful, beautifully illustrated set will help fill a gap.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.