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Black Widows

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.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Kindergarten
Category Beginning Readers, STEM
Subject Animals, STEM
Copyright 2019
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Bullfrog Books
Language English
Publication Date 2018-08-01
BISACS JNF003120, JNF003000, JNF045000
Dewey 595.4
Graphics Full-color photographs
Lexile 270
Guided Reading Level E
ATOS Reading Level 1.0
Accelerated ReaderĀ® Quiz 197181
Accelerated ReaderĀ® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


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 Widows is 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 arachnid pictured in Jumping Spiders is downright adorable; this little spider jumps long distances instead of spinning a web and keeps its eggs protected in silk. The dreaded subject of Tarantulas comes in 900 hairy species, some in bright, fascinating colors like blue and pink. Clever hunting habits are on display in Trapdoor Spiders; in an impressive feat of animal engineering, this spider digs a hole, adds 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 emerging 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 introductions to species variation and early language comprehension.