The world's biggest spider is a bird-eater! This book introduces young readers to bird-eating spiders. Students will learn about the sizes, behaviors, habits, dietary needs, methods of defense, anatomy, and colors of different bird-eating spiders. Reproduction and spiderling development are also introduced. A diagram of a spider's body aids readers in identifying anatomical features. Threats to the spiders and their habitat including predators and humans are covered. Readers will also learn where the spiders build their unique homes. A distribution map shows where bird-eating spiders are found, so the young arachnologist can be on the lookout for a specimen to observe. Full-color photos allow close observation without travel or fear of a bite! Glossary words in bold, phonetic spellings, and an index supplement easy-to-read text. These books are ideal for research reports and general reading. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.