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The Tarantula Scientist


  • A treat, even for arachnophobes.
    Patricia Manning, School Library Journal
  • Readers will come away armed with facts about spiders in general and tarantulas in particular, but even more important, they’ll have a clear understanding of how the answers derived from research become the roots of new, intriguing questions.
    Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist
  • It is a wonderful nonfiction book, in every sense of the word.
    Susan Hepler, Ph.D., Children
  • Bishop’s phenomenal photos show spiders mating, shedding their skin, even leaping through the air. It’s enough to make Miss Muffet fall in love.
    Kirkus Reviews


Berger, Melvin. Spinning Spiders. HarperCollins, 2003. ISBN-13: 9780064452076

Bishop, Nic. Nic Bishop Frogs. Scholastic, 2008. ISBN-13: 9780439782210

Bishop, Nic. Nic Bishop Spiders. Scholastic, 2007. ISBN-13: 9780439877565

Kramer, Stephen. Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist’s Microscope. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. ISBN-13: 9780618354054

Markle, Sandra. Spiders: Biggest! Littlest! Boyds Mills, 2004. ISBN-13: 9781590781906

Montgomery, Sy. Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. ISBN-13: 9780618496419

Montgomery, Sy. The Snake Scientist. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. ISBN-13: 9780618111190

Murawski, Darlyne A. Spiders and Their Webs. National Geographic, 2004. ISBN-13: 9780792269793

Tyson, Leigh Ann. An Interview with Harry the Tarantula. National Geographic, 2003. ISBN-13: 9780792251224

White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web. HarperCollins, 1952. ISBN-13: 9780064400558