Cover image for Spiders
Title:
Spiders
Author:
Simon, Seymour.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York, N.Y]. : HarperCollins Publishers, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of different kinds of spiders.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 0.5 74176.
ISBN:
9780060283919

9780060283926
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

How do spiders
make their beautiful webs?
What do spiders eat?
How many eyes do spiders have?
Are all spiders poisonous?

Seymour Simon provides the answers to these questions and more with visually arresting photography and engaging narrative presented in his precise manner. Readers will be fascinated with this up-close view of spiders in their natural habitat.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. The stunning cover may repulse squeamish arachnophobes, but fearless types will be fascinated by Simon's foray into the world of spiders. In his now familiar picture-book format that pairs incredible photographs with graceful, clear prose, Simon provides a wealth of information about different types of spiders, their characteristics, habits, and life cycles. The large, full-color, uncaptioned photographs of highly magnified spiders (a tiny note at the end of the book explains that the photos are not actual size) tempt browsers to look at all the pictures first, but browsers will soon be drawn to the text to learn about what they are seeing. What a neat trick! The only thing that's missing is a map showing the distribution of particular spiders; it would have been reassuring to see that fearsome species don't necessarily live next door. --Chris Sherman Copyright 2003 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Stunning visuals of a variety of spiders highlight this introduction. A full-page, sharp, color close-up photograph of a representative spider alternates with a page of text throughout most of the book; several are extreme close-ups, so detailed that individual hairs on the spiders' legs and bodies are visible. The smoothly written text briefly describes major physical and behavioral characteristics common to all spiders; some distinctive characteristics of about a dozen particular kinds (e.g., tarantulas, fishing spiders, funnel-weaving spiders, etc.); senses of sight and touch; web construction; hunting techniques; uses of spider silk; and life cycles. The well-organized text is succinctly written, with scientific terms defined as they appear. The lack of captions is disappointing, for not all of the creatures can be easily identified from the text. Still, Simon's book compares well with such standards as Claudia Schnieper's Amazing Spiders (Carolrhoda, 1989; o.p.) and Sandra Markle's Outside and Inside Spiders (Atheneum, 1994). Although those titles offer more detail on physiology and anatomy (both describe how spiders feed as well as how they mate), Simon does an excellent job of covering the basics. The readable text and outstanding photography will appeal both to report writers and browsers.-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.