Spi-Ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs By Leslie Bulion Illustrated By Robert Meganck

Back of Book:

Meet spiders that spit silk, roll like wheels, scuba dive, hide under trap doors, strum tunes, and so much more. Watch as they find mates, find prey…or find mates that become prey!

Award-winning poet Leslie Bulion and illustrator Robert Meganck team up again for this clutter (a collective noun for spiders) of Haiku and other short poems and humorously accurate illustrations that celebrate the amazing attributes of Araneae.

The book is also packed with helpful sidebars, call-outs, and backmatter, including a glossary of science terms, notes about the poetic forms, a list of common and scientific names, a spider-hunting adventure how-to, resources for further study, and a relative-size chart. A feast for science and animal fans and a bonanza for teachers and students interested in cross-curricular studies!

My Review:

I was sent a copy of this picture from Peachtree Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this fantastic book of poetry. 

“Spi-ku A Clutter of Short Verses on Eight Legs” by Leslie Bulion is a terrific nonfiction book that uses a variety of poetry to teach readers facts about spiders. Each page includes a block of text about a topic (enemies, mealtime, size.) and one or more poems on the same concept. Readers will be amazed by all the knowledge packed into one book. , The illustrations by Robert Meganck are incredibly detailed and lifelike. Each image showcases spiders carrying out the actions described. The topics in this book include the world of spiders, spidey senses, spider webs, and much more. The back of the book includes a glossary, spider identification, a size chart, and notes on the type of poetry used throughout the story. This is a wonderful mentor text that goes great with any science unit or National Poetry Month. 

Ages 6 and up

48 Pages 

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