From the Series An Eye on Spiders
In Black Widows, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of black widows. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage beginning readers as they learn about this type of spider.
A labeled range map highlights where these spiders can be found around the world, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about black widow spiders online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Black Widows also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
Black Widows is part of Jump!’s An Eye on Spiders series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Category||Beginning Readers, STEM|
|Number of Pages||24|
Booklist (Maggie Reagan)
If there’s one fear that gets instilled in us early, it’s of spiders. But even though the An Eye on Spiders series picks some of the most feared arachnids to introduce (tarantulas, anyone?), it sticks to basic biological facts and avoids any outright frightening features. The female star of Black Widowsis notable for the venom she injects into her prey, her aggressive mating habits (where her name comes from), and her black-and-red markings—her poor male counterpart is a drab brown. By contrast, the aracknid pictured inJumping Spidersis downright adorable; this little spider jumps long distances instead of spinning a web and keeps its eggs protected in silk. The dreaded subject ofTarantulascomes in 900 hairy species, some in bright, fascinating colors like blue and pink. Clever hunting habits are on display inTrapdoor Spiders; in an impressive feat of animal engineering, this spider digs a hole, addes a door, makes a hinge with silk, and waits for prey to walk by. Photo-illustrated and with simple, repetitive text, these volumes contain tools to support emergin readers. An image glossary for in-text vocab words and habitat map help readers contextualize, while a parent-and-teacher section at the start will assist in guided reading. These books are bold introductioins to species variation and early language comprehension.