The Editors of TIME For Kids and Nicole Iorio
sure-fire way to get kids interested in the natural world around
them is to introduce them to a creepy crawly subject. And what could
be creepier and crawlier than spiders? The good people of "TIME
For Kids" have done it again with their latest title, "Spiders!".
Using beautiful color photographs, a variety of interesting facts,
and a layout that kids are sure to enjoy, the book is a clever way
to get your young ones reading a subject that both attracts and
book's age group is listed as appropriate for the confident reader.
"Spiders!" contains paragraphs and sentences of varied
lengths. There are also different chapters, each covering an interesting
aspect of spiders' lives. The chapter, "Along Came a Spider"
explains that the creatures are arachnids and not insects, providing
detailed diagrams to show why this is. "Spiders Spin Silk"
displays their web skills while "Baby Spiders Grow Up"
is self-explanatory. "Feed Me" shows what they eat, whereas
"Don't Eat Me!" shows what eats them. The end of the book
contains a variety of facts that kids will squirm and coo over (for
example: "Some spiders eat their webs and then reuse them").
Finally, a "Words To Know" section on the last page reiterates
the terms kids should remember after reading this book.
itself is an exciting addition to any library collection. The text
interweaves graphs, cartoons, and beautiful photographs to show
just how odd and exciting spiders really are. The facts are presented
both in the text and in eye-catching boxes while additional interviews
with spider experts and detailed diagrams retain the reader's interest.
I was a little disappointed to find the photos extending all the
way to the ends of the pages rather than to a neat border, but this
is a small complaint. If you're searching for someway to get a reluctant
reader interested in a book, I can think of no better lure than
the delightful "Spiders!" by Nicole Iorio and the Editors
of TIME For Kids.
[Children Ages 4-8]