Title: SpidersSpiders
Author: Gail Gibbons
Pages: 30
Reading Level: Read-Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★

I’m not crazy about spiders. I mean, they’re cool to look at, but I don’t think of them as friends. Anyway, This book didn’t really change the way I viewed spiders, but it did offer some new (to me) facts concerning spiders. For example, did you know…

  • That there are approximately 30,000 different kinds of spiders?
  • That baby spiders are called spiderlings?
  • That most spiders molt five to ten times during their life?
  • That the crab spider can change colors to camouflage with its environment?
  • That female tarantulas sometimes live to be 25 years old?
  • That spiders don’t stick to their own webs because their feet are specially shaped and their bodies are covered with oil.

Cautions.

Page 6 declares that “the first spiders lived about 300 million years ago, even before dinosaurs roamed the earth.” [pg. 6]

Page 7 tells a legend concerning spiders.

“Spiders belong to a group of animals called arachnids. The word arachnid comes from an old Greek legend. Once there was a woman named Arachne who was angry when she lost a weaving contest against the Goddess Athena. When Arachne died, Athena turned Arachne’s body into a spider so she could weave forever.” [pg. 7]

These two pages (6 & 7) face one another and could be glued together.

Conclusion. Not the best book on spiders, but not too bad, either.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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