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Up, Up, and Away

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  8 reviews
One spider's search for a home of her own

Each spring hundreds of spiders hatch from their egg sacs and begin their struggle to survive. They must protect themselves not only from predators, but also from their very own siblings!

Ginger Wadsworth and Patricia J. Wynne chronicle the real-life drama of one spider as she eats, grows, spins a dragline of silk, and soars up, up,
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2009)
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Caitlin C
Up, Up, and Away describes the life cycle of a garden spider, or a writing spider as it may be known (Argiope aurantia), in a story format. This text is written by Ginger Wadsworth and illustrated by Patricia Wynne. I love it as an informational text mostly because it is not written in a typical informational format, such as with headings, subheadings, indices, etc. While books with those formats can by all means be interesting, I think the narrative format of Up, Up, and Away makes it much more ...more
Hmmm. I'm in the minority, but I did not like this book. At all.

The text was clunky and read awkwardly, and the amount of details within the body of the story was way above the level of the average picture book reader or listener.

The illustrations were well done, but perhaps a tad too well done as they gave me the creepy-crawlies.

Sticking to land and sky, Up, Up and Away chronicles a year in the life of a female garden spider as it searches for food, shelter and a mate. Written with simple rhyme and repetition and illustrated with realistically detailed pictures that are big and crisp, this picture book is tailor-made for reading aloud. While largely subdued in tone as befits a tale about a creature that is fated to die before its offspring are born, the storyline is also doused with drama as the spiderling escapes from ...more
I never took interest in spiders, but this book truly fascinated me. The process a spider goes through while laying her eggs, and the struggles of her babies after they are hatched amazed me. It almost takes me back to Charlotte's Web, at the very end when her babies blow away. This book will explain what would happen to them after they blow away and everything they must over come to survive, they even have to watch out for their own siblings! The water color pictures captivated me. Any young re ...more
If mere pictures of spiders gross you out or scare you, don't read this book! Pictures of baby and adult spiders on every page. I fought really hard not to squirm while reading this to my 4-year-old. But that's just the (rare) girlie girl in me, I guess. Good story line.
Something else to add to my love of spiders. . .as long as they are outside! Interesting yet so deadly creatures.
Marissa Garcia
Very informative, but way more than I'd ever like to know about those creepy crawlers!
Amar Pai
Extremely gross.
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