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Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Jumping Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  29 reviews
2017 National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Science Trade Book
2016-17 Alabama Camellia Children's Book Award reading list

Most spiders spin a web and passively wait for prey to come to them. Jumping spiders, by contrast, actively hunt by jumping to catch their food. What if a jumping spider was sent to the International Space Station? When it jumped, it would si
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Mims House
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Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If a jumping spider can learn to adapt to living in space, can we, too? That's what scientists are always asking themselves with many of the experiments they undertake on the International Space Station, and Nefertiti the jumping spider spent 100 days in her own special housing, showing everyone just what she could do. The story of Nefertiti is a combination adventure tale and non-fiction story about real science. It will satisfy the reader who wants to know "what happened to Nefertiti?" and the ...more
Laura McLoughlin
This is an interesting book detailing an actual experiment from beginning to end. Can a jumping spider learn to hunt insects in zero-G on the international space station?

The spider, earth-bound scientist, and astronaut are all female, so that was pretty cool.

(Note: I hate spiders and I find the cover illustration to be creepy and gross, but the book is still wonderful for future scientists out there)
Sandy Powell
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love the natural world, and are fascinated by the amazing abilities of animals then you must read, “Nefertiti The Spidernaut.” Darcy brings to life Nefertiti, a spider who goes into space for 100 days to be apart of a science experiment. The beauty of her words gives us a firsthand experience of Nefertiti's incredible journey. At the end of the book, I actually chocked up. The illustrations are beautiful and vivid. My favorite illustration is of the boy and girl looking at Nefertiti at th ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"NEFERTITI, The Spidernaut" is such a captivating explanation of a science experiment done with a Jumping Spider that takes place before and after travelling to the International Space Station (ISS). The story has all the enticing features of a fiction recount in a NON FICTION story: a sound witty main character, 'Nefertiti', who needs to survive the voyage to the space; the Villains, the very prolific 'fruit flies' that are a high pray for survival; a suspensful climax: survival tension builds ...more
Sandra Stiles
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcy Pattison has written a wonderful and informative story about a spider who went to space.
Nefertiti was a Johnson Jumping Spider. She was chosen because she was the largest of her siblings. They wanted to see if she could adapt to zero gravity to hunt in space. They sent along a food supply of fruit flies. She not only learned to hunt in space, but when she returned to Earth, she needed to learn to change her hunting methods. I never realized how smart spiders were until I read this true sto
Jeanne Curtin
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book makes spiders and science astronomically cool.
Nefertiti the Spidernaut experiment hatched from the mind of 18 year old Amr Mohamed from Alexandria, Egypt, who won a YouTube Space Lab contest. Amr wondered how a jumping spider would react in microgravity. Would the spider be able to adapt to its new environment? Be able to catch its prey?
The pages flipped by quickly, engaging you from the start. I couldn’t wait to find out the results of the experiment, and Nefertiti’s fate. This book
Becky Michael
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kids are sure to love this book about the amazing "Nefertiti, the Spidernaut"! The detailed descriptions and colorful illustrations made me feel like I was right there with Stefanie, Suni and Nefertiti in their travels. Wise teachers will want to add this informational selection to their classroom libraries. ...more
Dena Weigel Bell
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary school kids
A spider's ingenuity proves its adaptability in space and back. "Nefertiti, the Spidernaut" is a great way for kids to follow along as a scientific experiment unfolds, think about the results and why it's important to study how animals can change to survive in a difficult and new environment. All while getting to know a tenacious little spider who didn't give up. ...more
Michelle Dyett-Welcome
"Nefertiti the Spidernaut" is an informative book for young readers who want to learn about how insects adjust to space travel. Darcy Pattison book is full of beautiful color illustrations and wonderful detail that will intrigue curious youngsters. ...more
Mary Kay
Nefertiti did some amazing things in her short life span!

A book about relearning to do things in a different way to survive in a space habitat will spark lots of discussions about how we need to design things for space.

This book has VERY big print, which might make middle grades shy away from reading it at first, but it would be a great classroom share. (Long, though.) The pictures are all drawn, which was surprising -- I thought there might be some actual photos of Nefertiti from space. They
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Although I’ve been arachnophobic most of my life, I recently began making a concerted effort to learn more about the positive side of spiders as part of my work as an informal science educator. Nefertiti’s story slam dunks the animal connection, makes the spider empathetic, and also demonstrates the scientific process. I’m sure illustrations were chosen because there aren’t a lot of suitable photographs available, but I wish that weren’t the case. At the very least, I think it would have been ni ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun way to talk about science projects and hypothesis with students

A really fun book about science, spiders, astronauts and adapting to wherever you live.
There was one mess up with the dates, though. It said Nefertiti left earth on July 21 and landed 6 Days later, which would be July 27. But then it went on to state that she caught her first fruit fly on July 23. A little confusing.
Otherwise it was a really fun book to read with my first grader. He’s still not sure if this really could be a tr
Oh my gosh, this book is AWESOME!!!
That is something coming from me because I'm extremely arachnophobic and just the thought of a book about a spider makes me shutter! LOL! But no more, oh no more! I so loved this book!
This is a science book about a true "spidernaut". It is cute and laid out well, but so much more important is it utterly fascinating!!!
Even if you don't have children, READ IT! :-D
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I like spiders. However this cover made it so I wasn't excited about reading it. It isn't it funny we judge books by covers? The inside is very interesting. A Spidernaut. How a jumping spider works in space! Micro-gravity... hunting, spiders. very interesting! ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty informative book about one specific type of jumping spider.
Pamela Powell
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Fascinating picture book about the first spider sent to space.
Ms Threlkeld
Interesting story. The illustrations could’ve been stronger and the writing more polished.
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Feb 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an easy-to-understand narrative of one spider and a very interesting science experiment in space. I wish the artwork on interior pages were as impressive as the cover art. Back matter on the last two pages is very thorough in a conversational fashion. It answered several questions I had after reading the story, and has web addresses for videos of Nefertiti.
Danielle Hammelef
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science-lovers, future or want-to-be space explorers, anyone who loves a good story
I love science and animals especially so I knew I wanted to read this book. Spiders in space? As someone who gets texts from NASA letting me know when I can view the ISS passing over my house, this book just made those sightings even more meaningul for me. Darcy tells us about Nefertiti in a true storytelling fashion that engages the reader to want to know what happens. This book reminded me how amazing nature is and its adaptive powers for survival. I enjoyed the backmatter and anyone who is mo ...more
Donna Lodge
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcy Pattison, a multi-award winning author, has written a remarkable true story that will appeal not only to her target audience, grades two through five, but to kids of all ages, including parents and teachers. A visual feast, this fascinating animal biography was beautifully illustrated in stunning colors. The main character of the story, Nefertiti, a Johnson jumping spider, journeyed to the International Space Station with Astronaut Sunita Williams, Captain, U.S. Navy, for a series of exper ...more
Mandy Bennett
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I would find a book about a spider interesting. But this book about Nefertiti, the Spidernaut, was fascinating! You will find yourself rooting for her to be successful in her space hunt and for her to survive coming back to Earth.
The non-fiction story is well told to keep even younger readers interested. The pictures are very detailed, but not too gross looking. I love the information at the end of the book about all the technology and space information. You can even follow up
Nancy Mccorkle
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rinda Beach
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NEFERTITI, The Spidernaut" is the story of a Jumping Spider’s voyage into space. From cover to cover, I was fascinated with Nefertiti’s story, and I think my 2nd graders would be too. They’d love nonfiction in story form. Add in the hardships Nefertiti faced from preflight to returning home, and my class would keep turning pages to see how it all ends. If you’re a teacher looking for a unique animal story or a nonfiction book on animal adaptations or the space program, this is a great choice. Pl ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young children
Darcy Pattison's short non-fiction book, on Nefertiti the jumping spider, is beautifully illustrated with delightful images of a spider who was used to test how spiders adjust in space. Children will love to read about the tests the scientist did to show the reaction.

A lovely short illustrated book for children. The explanation at the end of the book makes it very enriching for children who are interested not only in spiders but also in space travel.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. It is amazing how this spider was able to adapt to vastly changing conditions. I immediately sent a note to our Jr. High Science teacher that he should look at this to use with his students working on designing science fair projects as well as units on adaptation & space. Loved it!

Disclaimer: received a free ebook as a result of entering a contest.
Sharon Skinner
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and enlightening. Who knew an educational, non-fiction book about spiders could be so suspenseful and engaging? Darcy Pattison's tells the true story of Nefertiti the Spidernaut in a compelling manner, and I learned something, too! ...more
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Children’s book author Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Her works have received starred PW, Kirkus, and BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, Junior Library Guild selections, and NCTE Notabl

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