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Spiders by Nic Bishop
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Apr 20, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, siberthonor, gryphonhonor, monarch2010
Read in April, 2009 , read count: 1

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 every photo has a caption which includes extra interesting facts. What really sets Bishop's books apart though is the stunning photography. The photographs of the spiders in this book are so clear and close that you can count the hairs on each spider's legs. Kids (and adults) will want to spend hours poring over the details in the photographs. Bishop also includes a note at the back detailing some of the places he traveled to get his photographs and describing some of the techniques he uses to photograph. He very clearly states that many of his photographs come from spiders he has raised himself so that he can capture specific moments in their life cycles. An index is included at the back of the book which makes it more report-friendly as well as a glossary of the few more technical terms that can be found in the text. I can't recommend this series of books enough - they're simply fascinating.

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