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By Sandra Markle
“Wecome to the world of arachnids. They can be found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.”
Scorpions are not my favorite animal, but Markle makes them fascinating enough to interest even the most arachnophobic reader. An excellent book for readers from elementary ages through middle school, the narrative begins with an explanation of why scorpions are classified into the arthropod group. The introduction is followed by three pages of an easy-to-read diagram of the inner and outer anatomy of scorpions. These terms illustrated in the diagrams are used in the text throughout the book.
The book explains the life and habits of scorpions, including the life cycle and defensive adaptations. Full page photographs show the various species of scorpions in their habitats. Small sidebars give additional facts of interest as a Scorpion Fact. The ending concludes with more information about classification and the value of scorpions to humans.
Back matter has more armed defenders, a glossary, books, websites, an activity, and an index. It’s one of six books in the Arachnid World Series by Lerner. Markel shows her usual excellent fact-finding and writing to make this a terrific read. It’s a perfect book for good elementary science readers but best of all will attract the middle school readers, too.
After reading the book, find at least five adaptations that scorpions have that helps them stay alive. How many can you find? I found seven on a quick glance back through the book. You might find more!
National Geographic has more information about scorpions.
This site has good information about adaptations with really good illustrations, although it stating that it is for grades 3-5 might put off older readers.
This site has a game where you choose the adaptations. An adaptation challenge along the right side has more games.
National science standard: adaptation
Book provided by Lerner.