The Tarantula Scientist

The Tarantula Scientist

by Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop

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A Sibert Honor Book An ALA Notable Book A John Burroughs Nature Book for Young Readers A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A 2005 Outstanding Science Trade Book for K–12 A Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice List * “Superb color photos abound in this spectacular series addition. . . . This is a vivid look at an enthusiastic scientist energetically and happily at work. . . . A treat, even for arachnophobes.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547530055
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
File size: 61 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at:  
In addition to researching films, articles, and over twenty books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film Prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire, with her husband, Howard Mansfield, and their border collie, Thurber.
Twitter: @SyTheAuthor.     


Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany


Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

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Tarantula Scientist 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book inspired me to be a spider scientist. If you like spiders, this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thi s book was very enjoyable. I strongly recomend it
kimbrady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is part of the "Scientists in the Field" series published by Houghton Mifflin. It follows an arachnologist from Ohio into the rainforest of French Guiana in South America. The text is written with personality and humor, but remains informative and factual. Plenty of great, close-up photographs of tarantulas and people studying them. Besides appealing to the "gross" factor, this book gives insight into what real scientists look like and do while they work. Although the text is not difficult to understand, there is a fair amount of it, so this book is more appropriate for middle to upper elementary ages. I would recommend this title for a school library or public children's collection.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Boys will be fascinated with this account of hunting tarantulas in South America as told by Sy Montgomery. Photographs accompany every page, and Montgomery intersperses dramatic confrontations with tarantulas with useful scientific information. This book would also be great to read excerpts from for a science unit.
atlomas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do not really like spiders at all so that is why I picked this book. Now that I know a bit more about them, I am a little more comfortable. This book is full of interesting Tarantula facts.
SarahCoil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sam Marshall is a tarantula scientist. He observes and studies the various types of tarantulas. This book explains the different types of tarantulas and their habitation. Sam explores to find these tarantulas and the book explains their history and provides a good amount of information about them.I would use this book in some types of science class, possibly some type of animal biology. I would ask students to pick which tarantula interests them the most and do some more research on it. I would then ask them to present what they found to the class. I would also have students discuss how they would like to have Sam Marshall¿s jobs and what they think would be the hardest part about it.This book was very informative. It is not very pleasurable to read, but would be great for classroom purposes. However, some people may be more interested in learning about tarantula than I am. It may just be the subject that I am not too fond of.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Extensive, detailed information about Sam Marshall's study of Tarantulas. This book is captivating for a spider-enthusiast. Photographs capture every detail, and almost appear to jump from the page. The text is heavy and wordy but attempts to be accessible for a young reader. Although informative, it is occasionally too detailed -- and as a reader I am tempted to skip over it and read the photo captions.
oldbookswine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent sceince books for young readers. Pictures are wonderful and career information is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yep i love this book-thepvpgames
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rak3301 More than 1 year ago
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery is a very interesting book. It takes you through all different type of spiders that you would not even imagine. Unlike most informational books, this book is extremely easy to follow and shows great graphics. If you are someone who is very interested in spiders, this is definitely the book for you. It does not even matter what age you are; you will enjoy it either way. Even if you are not a spider person you will find this novel to be quite entertaining.
HYPATHIA More than 1 year ago
This is a fast and fascinating read. Sy Montgomery brings life, humor and fact together with her engaging conversational writing style. My only critique is that it is much too short - I yearned to learn so much more about these wonderful animals and the people who study and care for them. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book! The text is highly readable and appealing to children without being even the least bit condescending. The pictures give me the heebie-jeebies. Big, hairy spiders creep me out. So I guess they're perfect! Younger readers will enjoy the pictures and can have the text read to them if they'll sit still long enough. Reluctant readers as old as 13 will find themselves drawn into this fascinating (and creepy) book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so long abd i think im going to passout
Kathleen Sparrow More than 1 year ago