Spiders by Nic BishopSpiders are creepy, crawly and scary, but Nic Bishop’s book, Spiders, still makes you want to know more. The amazing pictures grab your attention and keep you turning the page even if it turns your stomach. He manages to find many unusual subjects and photograph them up close so you can see the smallest details like the spines on the legs of the green lynx spider. He also includes pictures of a tarantula eating and a wolf spider carrying her babies on her back.
The text includes so many facts told in a conversational format that I think students may not even notice how much they are learning. On each page of text, there is a line that is a larger size and a different color to stand out. This sentence usually gives the main idea or an interesting fact from that page. I think that makes this book very good for a variety of readers. Some readers may chose to only read that main idea while for others it might hook them into the rest of the text on the page. This book is written for 2nd grade and up but can easily be read to younger students.
Another great feature of this book is the middle fold out pages. When you open them all the way, you can see a jumping spider leaping across the page. The picture is so vivid that you can even see the thread that trails behind it. The author coordinates the background color of the page with the picture featured on it which also makes them pop. For example, the picture of the cobalt-blue tarantula is on the page next a text with blue background.
At the end of the book, Nic Bishop includes two pages that tell about how he got some of the pictures for the book. He traveled to French Guiana, Costa Rica and Florida for some and others he took with spiders he kept at his house. There is even a picture of him setting up for a shot. This book has a lot of boy appeal and can be used to teach text features like using a glossary and an index.
The Booklist starred review states that “the details are riveting” and School Library Journal starred review says “dazzling full-color close-ups.”
2008 Sibert Honor Book
2008 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
2008 Gryphon Honor Book
2008 American Library Association Notable Book
Afraid of Spiders? Let’s talk about it!
Shop Now. Talking is an important part of life. It helps us break the ice and it can solve an array of problems. A conversation can help strengthen a relationship and teach us something new — sometimes even things we never thought we could learn. Just imagine if you could talk to animals or spiders to be exact, the way that Dr. Doolittle did. What do you think that spider in your shower might have to say?
If the spider was that cool about leaving me alone in the shower I'd totally let it in my room later. Dude spiders are my biggest feaar, that'd be WAY chill if they would just talk to you and be a bro. I would not hate them as much. This is great! This highdea was posted 4 months ago, your friends on facebook need to come up with their own shit. Look at dates before being a dick.
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If Spiders Could Talk
We sat in her blue Jetta smoking our favorite cigarettes and talking about our least favorite things. Her very least was me. I knew the obvious answer was her but instead I mentioned the spider spooling about its art above the speedometer. I flicked the used butt however it hit the drivers-side window and landed near the pedal. I stomped furiously. The psychic said that would happen as well. She dropped down the visor mirror and started painting her face, glancing at me every so often with veiny-brown eyes.
When you arrive home and open the front door or enter your bedroom, the spiders can hear you. It has long been known that spiders can hear sounds via leg hairs that bend in response to vibrations arriving through the air or through solid objects such as floors or walls. Gil Menda at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and his colleagues were studying a type of jumping spider, Phidippus audax , that they assumed relied almost completely on sight and vibrations they can feel through other objects, such as leaves or floorboards. The team established that the spiders freeze when exposed to low-frequency sounds of about 80 to hertz that resemble a low hum, or buzz. They discovered that this overlaps with the wingbeat frequency of predatory insects such as parasitoid wasps and flies, concluding that the hearing abilities they found in jumping spiders have evolved to help them avoid predators. Further experiments revealed that deformations in tiny hairs, or trichobothria, on the legs register the sounds.