Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly. OriginalKraus's boldly colored pictures illustrate this homage to the February holiday. Rushing to insect school, Spider stops to buy tokens of affection and a bag of heart-shaped candy. In the classroom, he puts a valentine for Ladybug and one for Fly in the box provided by the teacher, Miss Quito. Spider shares the candy with pals during recess and the day is happy until Miss Quito distributes the valentines and there is none for the hungry caterpillars, dozing in the back row. Now is the time for Spider to use his wits and save the day, and he does, just as the fuzzy ones become butterflies to the surprise of everyone except, possibly, the story's readers. (3-5)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2 Kraus' likable Spider returns to save another holiday. On Valentine's Day he buys candy and the last cards in the store for his friends Fly and Ladybug. When the cards are distributed at Public Bug School No. 1, he discovers, to his chagrin, that he and his friends have forgotten about the two caterpillars who sleep through class at the back of the room. Inventive Spider disguises himself as a heart, pastes candy on Fly and gets Miss Quito to put them all in the Valentine box. The three leap out to surprise the caterpillars who, in turn, surprise them by revealing that they are now butterflies. The illustrations are done in markers and have a childlike simplicity. Kindhearted Spider, with his enthusiasm and willingness to change his appearance, continues to show what it is to be a friend. Despite the predictable ending, the book promises to be as popular with young listeners and readers as How Spider Saved Halloween (Parents Magazine Pr, 1973; o.p.)and deservedly so. Jean H. Zimmerman, Willett School Library, South River, N.J.
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