silk and venom: searching for a dangerous spider

Summary:

Accompany arachnologist (spider scientist) Greta Binford on an expedition to the Dominican Republic to find a deadly spider (Loxosceles taino) whose venom may hold in its DNA the answer to many scientific questions. The trip is chronicled in a series of color photos by Christopher Knight and the narrative is supplied by Kathryn Lasky.

Educational Themes:

Because this is a book you can read from front to back or look at individual pages, there are lots of ways to use it. For geography, you can look more closely at the Dominican Republic; for biology spiders and their habitat; for art - nature photography.

Reading Level:
6.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Read and shared with children nine years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This book has a lot of different uses, not just learning about spiders.
Little Kid Reaction:

I let my neighbor’s daughter look at this book. She wasn’t too interested in spiders but she showed it to some boys she knows and they loved it.

Parent Reaction:

The photography and information in this book are very good. I found the book fascinating. This is enjoyable for reading and would also be valuable for school research projects.

Pros:

This is a photo-illustrated book that is good for home and classroom use.

Cons:

The only problem here is that a smaller child might be a little afraid or leery of the photography and close-ups.


Title Silk And Venom: Searching For A Dangerous Spider
About
Author Kathryn Lasky
Publisher Candlewick © 2011
Illustrators Christopher Knight
ISBN 9780763642228
Material Hard Cover
Genres Picture Book, Nature, Animals (Nonfiction), Middle Grade
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