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Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Jumping Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space (Another Extraordinary Animal) Paperback – May 5, 2016
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- Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan, science educators and authors of Picture-Perfect Science Lessons.
"Nefertiti The Spidernaut is an accurate and step by step account of this spider's journey to and from the International Space Station. Having worked on invertebrates in space experiments with BioServe, Darcy Pattison truly caught the scope of the science while keeping you rooting for Nefertiti."
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In Nefertiti's story, Stefanie Countryman, the lead scientist was crucial because she interacted daily with the spider until she went to the space station. The astronaut, Suni Williams, interacted with the spider while it lived on the space station. However, Amr Mohammed, the young Egyptian who suggested the science experiment, never interacted with Nefertiti. His story was deemed backstory and included in the notes at the end.
Picture books are always a balancing act and the choice of what to include or exclude is always ruled by the story's focus. Nefertiti, the Spidernaut is the spider's story, and that ruled how the story was told.
- Publisher : Mims House (May 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 33 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1629440612
- ISBN-13 : 978-1629440613
- Reading age : 6 - 10 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 840L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 6
- Item Weight : 3.53 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.08 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #709,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #468 in Children's Aeronautics & Space Books (Books)
- #1,195 in Children's Bug & Spider Books (Books)
- #1,373 in Children's Zoology Books (Books)
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Edit: they changed it back to Nefertili so the right ebook is now in my possession, I have therefore, changed my rating from 1 start to 5 star. The book is adorable and a great way to introduce the world of science and what actually happens on the Space station in terms of experiments. My kids enjoyed the story of a spider who went to live on the space station and how it adapted to its new environment.
My 2 and 6 year olds love the story of the spidernaut. We read it frequently.
There was one mess up with the dates, though. It said Nefertiti left earth on July 21 and landed 6 Days later, which would be July 27. But then it went on to state that she caught her first fruit fly on July 23. A little confusing.
Otherwise it was a really fun book to read with my first grader. He’s still not sure if this really could be a true story, though. A spider in space?! No way!
I bought this for the kindle but I want a hard copy so I can donate it to his classroom. Great book!
Buying a copy for my children's school library..which I only do for special books like this one.