Tarantula team is tops

January 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Nic Bishop; published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston; 2004.

What a team Montgomery and Bishop make!  This photo essay about tarantulas is brimming with in-your-face images and information.  From the two-page spread map that follows the title page to the well-edited lists of information at the close of the book, kids will be enraptured by these creepy creatures.  Montgomery’s text never condescends but is informative in a kid-friendly way and Bishop’s pictures tell a vivid story on their own (but they are perfectly paired with the text—like when the tarantulas appear to crawl across the page).

This Sibert honor book would be terrific in a display at Halloween time or for pet day at the library.  I would also make sure that it is included on pathfinders for teachers.

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