Silk & Venom: Searching for a Dangerous Spider (Hardcover)

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Join a researcher on a passionate hunt for poisonous spiders, captured in the engaging prose and stunning photos of a masterful team.

Love them, hate them — spiders are feared and misunderstood by many, but certainly not by biology professor and arachnologist Greta Binford. Eager and willing to share her knowledge, she allowed New York Times best-selling author Kathryn Lasky and noted photographer Christopher G. Knight to accompany her on a trek to the Caribbean in search of the elusive Loxosceles — the deadly recluse spider — whose venom may hold in its DNA the answer to many scientific questions. We see firsthand her fearless search (sometimes enlisting the help of local schoolchildren), through outdoor markets, garbage dumps, and the desertlike interior of the Dominican Republic. A lively, informative narrative and intimate photos of everything from careful venom-milking in a lab to multicolored spiders in shimmering webs are likely to lure even the most committed arachnophobe.

About the Author


Kathryn Lasky has written award-winning books for children across all genres, including the Newbery Honor book Sugaring Time and New York Times best-selling series The Guardians of Ga'Hoole. She is also the author of the novel Chasing Orion and numerous illustrated nonfiction titles. Kathryn Lasky lives in Massachusetts.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763642228
ISBN-10: 0763642223
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2011
Pages: 57
Language: English