Monday, July 8, 2013
The Tarantula Scientist
Author: Sy Montgomery
Illustrator: Nic Bishop
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2004
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: Sibert Honor, School Library Journal Best Books, Kirkus starred review, Outstanding Science Trade Book
Summary: The story of Sam Marshall, a scientist who studies tarantulas. It follows him into the rainforest as well as back to his laboratory. Along the way, Sam encounters other rainforest animals as well as some dangers. The close up photographs of tarantulas are either incredibly cool or incredibly creepy depending on who you are, but they are definitely amazing. The information included really captures the life of a research scientist in the field.
Classroom Ideas: A classroom study of spiders or rainforests could include this book. It would also be interesting to read as an introduction to what scientists really do.
Extras: A map of the rainforest areas where tarantulas are found, along with labeled photographs and information about Sam's findings in the rainforest. There is also a glossery, index, and bibliography.