Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Spider, by Elise Gravel

Nobody really likes spiders.  But Elise Gravel's funny and informative book The Spider makes them cute and approachable.  Gravel describes spiders' habitats, mating habits (the female eating the male) and usefulness.  She reminds us that most spiders are not dangerous, and they can even help us by eating insects.
Did you know some spiders carry their babies on their backs?
Now you do.
I do have two mild criticisms: one, Gravel points out, correctly, that the spider is not an insect, as it has eight legs.  But then she twice says spiders "eat other insects."  This could be confusing.  Second, as much as I like her silly drawings, I think a short appendix with photographs or realistic drawings of spiders would have add a lot to the educational value of the book.

The witty text and silly drawings combine for a great little introduction to our friend, the spider.  The Spider is fun, educational, and sure to be enjoyed by elementary age boys and girls.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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