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The Tarantula Scientist
by Sy Montgomery 

Did you know that a tarantula smells with its feet and has its stomach in its head? Did you know it spins a special mat for itself just before it sheds its skin? That’s not all! Come join author Sy Montgomery as she follows arachnologist (spider scientist) Sam Marshall tromping around in the rainforest of French Guiana. You'll study tarantulas' habitat, diet, love life, and body parts! (Are their fangs the most dangerous parts?)

Filled with great photos, this book will make you laugh and shiver! The author writes with a friendly voice that invites you to become a part of the expedition. When you finish, you will feel like you have made a some new friends!

Research Links for The Tarantula Scientist

Sy Montgomery's Website

Activities from the Publisher

Desert USA--Tarantula

Enchanted Learning: Tarantulas
simple drawings and facts

Tarantula Care Sheet

Literary Connections:

Spiders and Their Websites

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The Tarantula Scientist is part of the Kids Wings Light in the Darkness collection with 21 literature guides.

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(Symbolizing high moral character in children's literature)


Special thanks to Musicas Internacionais for background music: La Tarantella


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