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For the first to third grade set, spiders are fascinating and suitably gruesome, especially when looked at in EXTREME close-up. Amazing images show the beauty and otherworldliness of spiders. Simple, engaging text conveys basic information about spiders as well as cool and quirky facts. One stop-action montage shows a spider leaping twenty times its body length!
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Scholastic Nonfiction (first published 2007)
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Spiders 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 tol...more
Non-fiction - single topic
Sibert Honor Book
For grades 2-8

Stunning photographs accompany the text describing the life-cycle, habits and characteristics of a variety of spiders.

The high quality, close-up, full page photographs alone make this book a must-read for fans of spiders. In addition, the narrative text is fact-filled but entertaining, occasionally using a larger font for emphasis. The basics of spider life are woven into fun facts about many types of spiders, using humor and shock value...more
If, like me, you are not fond of spiders, then this book is going to make your skin crawl. But you should still read it. The information in this book is interesting and it's presented in a way that really turns "eew, spiders," into "cool, spiders!" My nephew is also not a huge spider fan, and when we started reading this book he was covering his eyes. By the time we were several pages in, however, he was remarking upon how neat some of the spiders looked, was naming the green ones as his favorit...more
Jun 18, 2010 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Spiders by Nic Bishop is a great learning tool for almost any age. It contains an index to find specific spiders and a glossary to explain the "spidery" terms. This book contains closeup, clear, photographs. Some of these photographs were taken in the wild while others were taken in artificial settings that met the natural environment of the spider. The reader finds this out in the author's note at the end of the book.

The book was riveting and very real. I had to appreciate these details even th...more
NS- Sarah
This book is simply amazing! Nic Bishop's photography is stunning and impressive. The fact that his work is being shared with kids is very exciting because his pictures are good enough to appear in magazines, textbooks or online. I just completed a science unit on spiders with my first graders and they were mesmerized by this book. As a teacher, I couldn't have found a better book to spark my students' interest. The text is also very appropriate for elementary school students. The reading level...more
The pictures were outstanding, fascinating, fantastic, and the list of adjectives continues on. Many pictures gave me goosebumps and made me queasy...but in a good way. He captures moments that we will never witness in our lives, and I think children will just be amazed at the images. I love the picture of the jumping spider, and I was astonished over some the most interesting facts...like the fact that they can float in the wind for more than 100 miles. It makes me think twice before I grab my...more
Melba Deoleo
Spiders is a book filled with great pictures of different spiders, giving us plenty of close up views of this hairy, leggy creatures. Just by looking at the cover it gives you a clue of all the detailed images you are going to see. The pictures give us such a close up that you can clearly see all of their eyes and the hairs all over their legs. The books talks about different spiders and all their different characteristics. The book not only has simple close up pictures of spiders laying still,...more
Fatma Mahmoud
سخيييييفة ..كنتت بكرها وبذاكرها غصب عني
وكنت بتلخبط ف اشخاصها ..
لن أنسي إن الدرجة الوحيدة اللي نقصتها ف الانجليزى كانت ف تانية بسبب سؤال نسيته فيها اووف وجبت 49 ف السنتين :( :(
Rebecca Wilson
Twin Text: Spider-Man's New Suit adapted by N.T. Raymond

Spiderman is a well loved character and it is important to provide books that will engage all students, including young boys. Although Spiderman is a fictional story, he contains characteristics of a spider that can be tied to non-fiction texts about spiders. The non-fiction text, Spiders, provides students with an up-close look at the characteristics of spiders. The students will be able to make some connections with sp...more
Kathryn Eder
This is a great book that is full of amazing facts for students to learn about. The photos that they chose to use in this book go so well with the information in the book. It is a great combination to have fact and to have beautiful and realistic photos of spiders.
Yusra Faridi
This book is an introduction to spiders! It discusses the many different types of spiders, where and how they live, and some of their distinguishing characteristics. This book is fun to read because the format is very suitable for children; all though it provides a lot of information it does so in a kid friendly format and manner. One of the things that kept me hooked in this book were the pictures, which were extremely close up and allowed me to see minor details that I would not notice otherwi...more

Recommended for grades 2nd-5th
This picture book is packed with amazing facts about these highly successful predators. The text explains that spiders were around more than 350 million years ago, long before lions and tigers; and that today more than 38,000 types still exist and are doing just fine. Bishop, a biologist and an expert photographer, uses beautiful full-color photos to bring exciting science to children. General facts about spiders are here: the difference between spiders and insects,...more
5 out of 5 stars

The pictures in Bishop’s book add a tremendous amount of depth to the book. The pictures are vivid, up close, and very life-like. I turned the page once and was startled, because the images seemed to jump out into my lap. The pictures are full page, and sometimes they take up more than an entire page. One page in the middle of the book folds out into a series of four pages, brilliantly illustrating the movement of a jumping spider. The text is well-written and concise,...more
Whether Nic Bishop's "Spiders" will ease or intensify the fears of arachnophobics is uncertain; what is certain is that they will learn fascinating facts and view stunning photographs of one of the world's oldest predators. I learned that in addition to their eight legs (and usually eight eyes), spiders have two small arms called pedipalps (they look kind of like the Tyrannosaurus Rex arms in relation to its body). Their eyes do not see that well, but they rely on other senses on their bodies su...more
Beverly Kennett
This picture book shares a large colorful photograph beside a one page/one-two paragraph of text describing that particular spider. It icludes cptions with additional information, a short glossary, a centerfold photograph of a junping spider and a section about the autor/photographer.

I enjoyed the colorful close-ups photographs of the spiders. When I taught First Grade we taught a unit about spiders focusing on non-fiction information. The culminating activity was to cut spider bodies out of con...more
Mary Beth
I gave this book five stars. How can anyone not want to investigate Spiders by Nic Bishop after seeing the large, detailed, colorful and mesmorizing photo of the spider on the book's cover? The oversized photos throughout the book illustrate how a variety of spiders hunt their prey, spin their web, as well as describe their anatomy. Along with captivating photos, variation in the size and color of the font enhances the information in this descriptive non-fiction. Young readers interested in find...more
Jill Wolosonovich
The photographs in this book are incredible! I have learned so much about spiders. I never knew the number of legs is the difference between a spider and an insect. I also didn't know that spiders sucked their prey from the inside out leaving only a crusty skelton. I believe childen would be fascinated by this book. The pictures are so vibrant and full of bold colors. The close up photographs make each spider come alive sometimes too alive for my taste. The photographs are so graphic that I won'...more
2010 Monarch Award master list
Well, for those of you who thought Nic Bishop's Frogs was gross, welcome to Nic Bishop's Spiders. Like Frogs, Spiders has 'fun' facts like they have blue blood (who knew they had blood at all?) and they liquify their prey with poison so they can drink their food. Spiders all have eight eyes, but it's clear from these photographs that they're not always arranged the same: some have 2 rows of 4, some have all 8 in a circle on top of their head, or rather, cephalotho...more
Carly Allen
Creepy & captivating all at the same time!: A Sibert Honor Book worthy of all it’s praise. I’ve never been a fan of spiders. In fact, I don’t know many people who are, but I dare you to read this book and try and close it. It’s photographs taken by none other than Nic Bishop himself are meticulously planned and plotted. They’re so vivid they almost feel like they could crawl off the page. I found myself actually studying the pictures, noticing things I’d never been close enough to a spider l...more
“Spiders were hunting long before lions and tigers. They were hunting even before Tyrannosaurus rex.” Nic Bishop’s book Spiders, a 2008 Sibert Honor Book and winner of several other awards/honors, not only provides a plethora of details about the tiny insects, it also gives an up-close and personal look at a variety of species. The photos are appropriate for all ages that do not mind seeing spiders, yet the text is appropriate for students in grades 3-8. At times, the details can get very specif...more
Adam Bakken
This book would be best suited for grades 1 through 3, but would work in any elementary or even secondary classroom. This book uses extreme close up photos of spiders, along with short paragraphs, to show the beauty and bizarreness that is a spider. Filled with quirky facts and excellent photography, I read this book through twice, it was that good. It also contains a short glossary at the end, a centerfold with an amazing stop motion photo set of a jumping spider, and a note about the author. T...more
Caitlyn Clark
"Wait a second... What is THAT?!"
"That is actually pretty cool."
All these phrases were spoken out loud while I was reading this book. Sometimes they were spoken multiple times. I went into this reading this book, expecting to be completely horrified about what I was about to see. I had heard about this book prior to reading it and knew that the pictures were very very graphic. LIFE. SIZE. PICTURES. OF. SPIDERS. There is nothing right about that sentence. But, my overall reaction about th...more
Spiders is the first in what is now a trilogy of books (and what I hope will be a long-running series) by Nic Bishop about some of the world's smallest animals and insects. Bishop does a great job of distilling the basic information about spiders, such as diet, life cycle and anatomy, into basic sentences that newly confident readers can understand and read on their own. Each page highlights one particular sentence with a larger font in a contrasting color that will pull browsers in. Almost ever...more
The picture book Spiders, was very interesting and informative. The author, Nic Bishop, does an amazing job of informing children about the many spiders that share the world with us. This book is one of the many books published by Nic Bishop. He has a collection of picture books on different animals, like snakes, lizards, butterflies and many more. In this particular book, the author talks about the many types of spiders that exist, the way they live and the features that makes each spider uniq...more
I read a different title by Bishop called Frogs. I gave it 5 stars.This book was most amazing to learn the life cycle of the frog. It will be useful when I'm teaching about habitats to my students. The see through frog called a Glass Frog was the most surprising species I learned about in my reading of the book. With this tiny frog of Central and South America you don't need an x-ray machine to see his inner workings. I chose this book to read because of the interest I share with my Zooligist so...more
Highlighted with vivid photographs of Spiders, Nic Bishop provides the reader with an incredible amount of information about spiders. The main idea on each page is printed in a larger font which would help students learn to identify main ideas and supporting details. Many other nonfiction text features such as captions, an author's note, glossary and index are included helping make this a great book for nonfiction reading instruction.
Elizabeth Lloyd
As I flipped through the pages of the book Spiders I was amazed by the incredible photographs! The pictures capture every detail of the spiders which provides children the opportunity to see every aspect of spiders. For each spider displayed in the pictures, the author, Nic Bishop, has a caption for them. I appreciated this because it allowed me to know what type of spider I was looking at. Spiders is a wonderful book that is very informative from the words on the pages to the pictures throughou...more
In reading “Spiders” by Nic Bishop I found the book very informative. The pictures were big and clear and offered an up close view of the numerous details that can make each spider unique. I you do not like spiders than I suggest you do not read this book, for the images depicted in the photos offer a realistic view of the spiders, fangs, hair, and all. If you or your child are the ones that find spiders fascinating and interesting than this book is for you. I do believe that the text in this bo...more
Spiders by Nic Bishop was an intresting book. I kind of figure out that it was going to be all about spiders by the cover of the book. The book describe the difference between a spider and an insect. The different types of spiders and how they hunt for insects or other small animals.
It also mentions the biggest spider called Goliath birdeater tarantula which lives on the rain forest floor. I would hate to meet this tarantula face to face. I also learned that the wolf spider is the only one that...more
This is a truly fascinating book about spiders. The close-up photos of spiders are absolutely fascinating. Children of all ages would love this book and it would be an excellent resource for any classroom. We learn that many spiders don't use webs. The fishing spiders rest at the water's edge with one foot on the surface. A spectacular photo shows the fishing spider with its prey, a dragonfly. Jumping spiders have the best sight of any spider. Two eyes act as binoculars. Two other eyes work to f...more
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