Monday, March 18, 2013

Arachnabet by Tracey M. Cox

Arachnidas or arachnids, those eight legged critters, now have their own alphabet book, Arachnabet, by Tracey M. Cox. If you are a spider lover or an arachnophobe – someone afraid of them, this book will enlighten you about these amazing animals. Yes, arachnids are animals. A new fact I learned from this book:

~I= Identifying a spider: A spider is a small animal, not an insect.
Spiders have eight legs and a body divided into two parts

In Arachnabet, Tracey M. Cox has incredible photographs which show us these unique creatures in their habitats. The alphabet letters have pictures accompanying the arachnids with a name, question or fact. At the end of the book there are more detailed explanations and information. Hopefully, this book will inspire young readers, age five to twelve, to enjoy these fascinating facts and want to further study arachnids.

Depending on your perspective, these are beautiful, frightening or annoying animals. My experience with spiders is a love/hate one. I love the Daddy Long Legs spiders that prey on mosquitoes. I hate the Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders that hide everywhere and whose bites are poisonous. When I see Tarantulas they are so big they scare me. Learning more about them does help:

            ~T= Tarantulas are one of the biggest spiders. They are hairy and
scary looking, but won’t bite unless you bother them. Tarantulas are
also the longest living spider. Females can live up to 25 years.

Because arachnids have important roles in our ecosystem, learning more about them helps us appreciate them more. This may somewhat ease the fears that horror movie makers have capitalized on over the years. 

I trust that teachers, parents, and students will find this book interesting and educational. Perhaps it will help stimulate more study and research into these amazing animals. Thank you, Tracey M. Cox, for this interesting and colorful contribution to arachnid lore.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

New GAP Books Released: January and February

2013 JANUARY Academic Wings
ARACHNABET: an alphabet of spiders. Creepy, but real! YIKES!
by Tracey M Cox x

BELLA SAVES THE BEACH hardcover, softcover Academic Wings
by Nancy Stewart, art by Samantha Bell
Living by the beach is so cool, but Bella worries when she starts to see trash thrown on the sand. What can she do to help?

BRUTUS THE BULL hardcover, softcover Animals and Pets
by Margo Bean, art by Aumi Kauffman Perry
Three children help a shy calf with a crooked ear use his strengths to triumph as the most magnificent bull ever. x

  JOURNEY'S PROMISE hardcover, softcover Wings of Faith
When Journey discovers a family has chosen to adopt her baby brother, but not her, she kidnaps him and runs away from the orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
by Dixie Phillips and Journey Dai Muhammad, art by KC Snider
  YOU CAN'T TAKE THE DINOSAUR HOME English edition Littlest Angels
by Mary Esparza-Vela, art by Mike Motz
Two tiny space-tots want to go on a treasure hunt but they don’t want to take their little brother because he always wants his way.
by Mary Esparza-Vela, art by Mike Motz
Dos niƱos espaciales hacen planes para explorar un planeta en busca de tesoro.

 KANGAROO CLUES -  Coming Soon: 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Posted: 06 Mar 2013 08:57 PM PST

The March 2013 issue of Guardian Angel Kids Magazine is now available online at This month's issue is all about nutrition. As the magazine's new Editor-in-Chief, Mary Sue Roberts says, all the talk of childhood obesity and healthy eating habits makes it a great time to pick up hints on good nutrition.

Book Features this month include One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go by Linda Derkez and Rattlesnake Jam by Margot Finke. Poetry, short stories, articles and activities for kids fill this issue.

You'll find submissions guidelines and links to archived issues on the website.