I guess I'd have to say that spiders are my favorite eight-legged critters. I love finding the webs of orb-web weavers, and jumping spiders have such cute little faces!
I don't understand how anyone could stomp on one of the little creatures. If we find one in the clubhouse, we always capture it in a jar and carefully turn it loose outside. Want to know more about spiders?
Here's a site about spiders of Northwest Europe that will get you started:
See if you can find these books in your library or bookstore:
Outside and Inside Spiders,
by Sandra Markle,
Macmillan Children's Book Group, 1994
Spiders, by Jenny
Blackbirch Press, 1993
Someone Saw a Spider,
by Shirley Climo
HarperCollins Children's Books, 1985
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