Awesome Arachnids! Hair-Shooting Tarantulas and Other Weird Spiders by Carmen Bredeson
ICK. THIS SPIDER LOOKS LIKE BIRD POOP!
BIRDS THINK IT IS JUST A PILE OF POOP.
THE BIRDS DO NOT WANT TO EAT POOP.
THE LITTLE SPIDER STAYS SAFE.
In addition to the bird-dropping spider, Carmen Bredesen's new Hair-Shooting Tarantulas and Other Weird Spiders (I Like Weird Animals!) (Enslow, 2010) offers some of the strangest of the spider clan--the water spider, which spins a silk nest underwater and traps air bubbles on its legs to carry home for later use, the trap-door spider who spins a silk liner and hinged door which it can flip open to snatch delicious prey, and the tarantula, which flips sharpened hairs off its belly to impale its enemies. Then there is the happy-face spider, whose back has a smiley-face in full color to fool diving birds and the raft spider which can run across the surface of a pond when its sensitive leg hairs detect a bug or small fish suitable for prey nearby in the water.
Each weird spider is given a double-page spread which includes a full color photo portrait of the critter in its native habitat. In the front of this fascinating nonfiction book for early readers is a pronouncing glossary, and additional back matter includes an index and books and web sites for further learning.