A spider is bored by spinning webs and wants adventure instead but finds she can’t have adventures without spinning.
Little Spider spins her webs all day, every day, until one day she grows bored and declares she is done with spinning. But through each season, as she seeks the new adventures she desires, she finds spinning a web is necessary. A beautifully written tale about self-acceptance and appreciation of one’s own gifts with lyrical language that makes it a delightful read-aloud.
Natalie McKinnon is an early childhood educator with over twenty years’ teaching experience in Australia. Natalie also presents environmental workshops for pre-school and elementary audiences. Her workshops encourage children to understand where real food comes from and to develop an understanding of the relationship between their health and the environment.
Margaret Tolland is an artist from New Zealand, whose illustrations are packed with detail. Through her work, get closer to the habitats and lifestyles of the many species, both flora and fauna, that she explores with an eye on environmental education. With twenty years’ experience in visual arts education and working in a gallery, Margaret now illustrates full-time. Although she had a fear of spiders, after painting them in detail, she now appreciates how amazing they are.
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels
Guided Reading Level: K
Grade Level Equivalent: 2
Picture book, The Spider series, Life science context: behaviors and characteristics of spiders, Earth science: seasons, Story elements setting: forest, plot and character development: main character, Little Spider, problem and solution, figurative language: onomatopoeia, repeated words and phrases, illustrations enhance meaning and tone, Comprehension strategies: identify cause and effect relationships, main idea and details and make predictions. Themes: Our natural world, spiders, survival.
Interest Age: 5 to 9 years
Reading Age: 7 to 8 years
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
World rights available, except for Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
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