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Teacher’s Guide

About Arachnids

A Guide for Children

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

Creepy crawlies and eight-legged wonders abound in this classroom favorite and beginner’s guide to arachnids. From the creators of the award-winning About… and About Habitats series.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, former educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what arachnids are, their diversity, how they live, what they eat, and how they reproduce.

With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a range of arachnids, from the poisonous Brown Recluse Spider to the innocuous Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion. An afterword provides more details.

About Arachnids is part of the award-winning About… series. Ideal for casual exploration as well as for early childhood and elementary science and animal units.

Awards:

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council
NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International
Texas 2×2 Reading List ―Texas Library Association
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators
South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians
Armadillo Readers’ Choice Award (Master List) ―Round Rock Independent School District

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-038-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2003
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-364-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2006
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 2.3
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre I
Lexile: 460L
Themes: Arachnid Behavior, Arachnid Characteristics, Arachnid Habitats

Reviews

“This colorful volume is well-designed for children intrigued by the eight-legged creatures and for teachers planning preschool and primary-grade units on arachnids.” ―Booklist

“A beautifully illustrated volume that is ideal to read aloud. The exquisite paintings do much to mitigate the distaste some children show toward spiders and their relatives.” ―Science and Children

“The art work is beautiful and accurate depicting these scary and wondrous creatures. Carolyn and John Sill have teamed up beautifully to bring us another delightful book for children ages 3-8 teaching them to love the creatures in our wonderful World…” ―Chat with Vera

Awards

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ― National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2004

NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2004

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2003

Texas 2×2 Reading List ―Texas Library Association, 2004

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Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2005-2006

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2007-2008

Armadillo Readers’ Choice Award (Master List) ―Round Rock Independent School District, 2004-2005

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.