Welcome to the world of Miss Spider and her Sunny Patch friends! In a delightful first story, Miss Spider tries to arrange a tea party and begs the bugs to stay but they shriek "oh no" and run away! Happily, a sudden rainstorm changes their minds and a tea party is soon in full swing.
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David Kirk grew up in Ohio, USA, where he learned about insects and painting. He has been making toys and artwork for children for fifteen years and lives with his daughter, Violet, in New York.From Booklist:
Ages 4-8. Miss Spider eagerly waits for some guests to join her at tea, but because spiders are in the habit of eating their company, no one wants to join her. Espying her web, the fireflies hightail it, the ants ignore her, the beetles dash away. Nine moths, waiting out a thundershower, prefer to get wet. But one little moth is too soaked to take wing. A guest at last! Miss Spider wines him and dines him, and then, instead of dining on him, she sends him on his way, at the same time paving the way for lots of new friends to trust her hospitality. As far as the story goes, there's one fly in the ointment. If young kids don't know that spiders catch other insects in their web to eat them, they won't know why Miss Spider is shunned, especially since she seems so nice. It's easy to forgive flaws in the story (a prosaic rhyming text) because of the fabulous art. Featuring the clarity that comes with airbrushing, these in-your-face pictures are full of eye-popping colors and almost 3-D shapes. Kirk takes artistic license and introduces spiders that are yellow, bugs that are blue, and ants the color of maraschino cherries. This would be a fun one to read to groups. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Ladybird Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141500549
Book Description Ladybird Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141500549 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3024284