Mary Howitt's The Spider and the Fly

Mary Howitt's The Spider and the Fly

Picture Book - 2002
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An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, 2002.
ISBN: 9780689852893
Branch Call Number: E FIC HOWI
Characteristics: volumes 1 (unpaged) : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: DiTerlizzi, Tony - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Spider and the fly


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Feb 24, 2020

2003 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: When the spider invites the fly into his bed. I love that he has three sets of legs crossed over the other three and three feet propped up on the ladybug ottoman. This is also the first page that the worried-looking ghosts of former bugs begin to show up.
A creepy illustration of an old morality tale, this is a great book to share with kids at Halloween or when talking about stranger-danger and other temptations that seem fine but are dangerous. This book would be a wonderful jumping off point to discuss drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, etc. with little ones.

Chad_Blevins Jan 26, 2020

Never trust anyone that over compliments you. This is a gothic fable for kids.

Oct 21, 2019

The art in this book is beautiful!

CMLibrary_ecrites Jun 07, 2019

What a wonderfully creepy and macabre picture book! The illustrations are gorgeous and very well suited to the text. It's great for those horror loving parents who want to give their kids a gentle introduction to the genre.

Jan 06, 2019

Copied from "May I Bring a Friend": I realized that, if I go through the Caldecott Award Winners, I will find the myriad of books I read in my elementary school years - whether they were assigned, or reading circles, or just books that I checked out from the library. It doesn't matter - I can remember the cover and I have rediscovered so many books - and so many that I didn't know were even around when my mother was an elementary school student! What a great surprise! This has been fantastic, and a great trip down memory lane.

bookmaster5000 Dec 16, 2009

This is a retelling of an old poem. The innocent fly is invited to dine with the spider. She knows of his evil ways but can't help falling for his flattery. There are wonderful black and white illustrations that add to the creepy noir feel of the story. There are lots of details in the illustrations as well, look for all the bug parts that have been used as household accessories: butterfly wing curtains, and a dearly departed bug candle holder. The ghostly insects try to warn her, but does she listen? No! Warning: This story does not have a happy ending! Staff picks 2007


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