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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Gail Gibbons is well-known for her succinct, colorful treatment of numerous nonfiction topics. Spiders (Holiday House, 1993) is narrated by Suzanne Toren, whose mature, expressive voice carefully explains the page-turn signal (on one side) and that first the words at the bottom of the page will be read and then the words on the upper "picture" section of the page. Often the words on the pictures are labels, followed by the phonetic pronunciations, which are read more slowly and emphatically. Young readers will find the reading of the labels helpful, though nonreaders may be confused about just which item is which. Listeners are advised that most spiders don't hurt people, but youngsters may not have enough description of the black widow, which "can kill people," to prevent them from being frightened by any small black spider. Though not Gibbons' best work, her bright illustrations and simple text, pleasantly presented in read-along form, should be welcomed by budding entomologists.
Fritz Mitnick, Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

An excellent science book by a frequent author. Within the triple borders of black and vividly colored lines framing each page, Gibbons uses deep green and blue backgrounds to set off transparent webs and drab spiders to fine advantage. In a succinct, informative text, she describes some of the 30,000 species of spiders, meanwhile illustrating assorted webs: sheet, tangled, funnel, triangle, and orb. Especially useful are carefully labeled side-by-side drawings of a spider's body and an insect's. A final page offers more odd facts--''Little Miss Muffet'' was probably recoiling from a meal of mashed spiders, ``a common cold remedy, about 200 years ago.'' Visually appealing, solid information. (Nonfiction. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 640 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823410811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823410811
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Y. Smittle on November 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book 2 years in a row for Spiders week at preschool. If you skip the history part, you're good! But its got a good reference book that is understandable at this age level. It talks about sizes, shapes and different webs. Very few non fiction books out there can be adapted for this age level with a variety of understanding---understanding this. But this is one of those books---and the kids love it too.
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Synopsis - Spiders is a nonfiction book. Readers will learn where the name spider came from, characteristics, and how they live. Gibbons demonstrates the changes that spiders go through as they grow. She also examines the variety of webs that different spiders make. Finally, the reader will learn about ways spiders catch insects and the habits of some particularly unusual spiders.

Evaluation - Spiders is a great informational book about a species that fascinates and scares children. The author, Gibbons, is an author of over 135 nonfiction books. She is not an expert in spiders, however she researches each topic prior to writing a book. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. They complement the story, adding a visual picture to the writing. Many illustrations also have labels to increase the reader's comprehension. The inclusion of real life photographs might have increased the educational value of the book. The book was written as a source of information about spiders for young children, ages four to about nine. Most of the text within the story is appropriate for the intended audience. The only area that might be hard for children to understand is the discussion about Greek Mythology and the origin of the word arachnid. There is no table of content or index within the story, but at the end of the book there is a page that offers interesting facts about spiders. This story is written for children in pre-kindergarten to third grade, although students writing reports or completing web quests in higher grade level might use the book as a source of information.
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This is perfect for a spider unit in the fall. The pictures are lifelike, and yet visually appealing to young students. The facts are written in a way that helps young children (4-7) understand the differences and facts about spiders.
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Spiders by Gail Gibbons is a creatively illustrated and written book that will delight children and adults with information about spiders. It is delightful, easy to read and understand.
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My second graders loved the book. Gail Gibbons knows how to write and illustrate and keep the kids interested. We used this book to relate our own spiders.
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My wife bought it for her kindergarten class. According to her, it has the correct information to go along with her lessons.
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...very informative with bright child-friendly illustrations. I used this in my class of 3 & 4 year olds, but I think that older children would also enjoy it.
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Not as interesting to my 7 & 8 year olds as the gorilla one. Normally anything by Gail Gibbons is great.
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