Spi-ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs
Award-winning poet Leslie Bulion and illustrator Robert Meganck team up again for this clutter (a collective noun for spiders) of short poems and humorously accurate illustrations celebrating the amazing attributes of Araneae.
The book is also packed with helpful sidebars, call-outs, and backmatter, including a glossary of science terms, a description of 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!
The illustrations are largely in shades of brown and yellow, due to the subject matter, and placed on pages that are often solid pastels, which showcase the spiders nicely. Webs, and the occasional plant, fill the pages of some entries. The spiders are done in a fashion that is realistic, but a tiny bit cartoonish, which might help readers who are a bit squeamish about the real thing.
I'm a big fan of sharing STEM read alouds with the very youngest children in order to get them interested in all facets of science and technology. This is an excellent collection of poems to use along with Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!, and Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs by Douglas Florian