Little Miss Spider

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Overview

On the very first day of Miss Spider's life, she pops out of her egg to find her brothers and sisters scooting all around her. But where is her mother? Lucky for Little Miss Spider, kind and caring Betty Beetle is there to fill the role. In this new mini-book format, genious storyteller and artist David Kirk has brilliantly created a lively and sweet adoption story in which Miss Spider searches high and low before happily discovering that a mother's love can come from many sources.

On her very first day of life, Little Miss Spider searches for her mother and finds love in an unexpected place.

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Ever since she was first introduced in Miss Spider's Tea Party, this beloved arachnid has become a friend to readers everywhere. In Little Miss Spider, David Kirk takes us back to the day Miss Spider was born -- and delivers a warm, wonderful adoption story about finding love in an unexpected place. Told through simple rhyming verse and brilliant oil paintings, Little Miss Spider is a touching tale for readers from all kinds of families.

When Little Miss Spider hatches from her egg, the first words out of her mouth are, "Where is my mother?" In desperation, she sets off alone in search of her missing mom. Lucky for Miss Spider, kind and caring Betty the Beetle appears and offers to help her. She tells Miss Spider, "I don't know for sure, but I'll offer this clue -- If I were your mom, I'd be looking for you." Together, they fly around asking other insects if they've seen Miss Spider's mom -- with no success. After Betty saves Miss Spider from a close brush with danger, the two head back to Betty's "warm, cozy home," where she asks, "Won't you stay here with me?" Without hesitation, Miss Spider agrees:

For finding your mother,
There's one certain test.
You must look for the creature
Who loves you the best.
Little Miss Spider is a lively and endearing adoption tale that will delight young readers everywhere. It teaches a valuable lesson -- that a mother's love can come from many sources -- within a bright, exciting adventure. It's a Miss Spider book no one should miss!

Reading level: ages 4-7 (Jamie Levine)

Sesame Street Parents
The star of Miss Spider's Tea Party is back! And this time she's in a touching adoption tale. The prequel to begins with the bug-eyed spider popping out of her egg, swinging down from a thread, and wondering where her mother is. A kindly beetle named Betty helps her search and, when no mother is found, finally asks the baby spider. "Won't you stay here with me"?. Illustrated with brillliant oil paintings on thick, glossy paper, the story ends with a lesson: " For finding your mother,/There's one certain test./You must look for the creature/Who loves you the best.
Publishers Weekly
Miss Spider also appears in new miniature hardcover editions of Little Miss Spider, in which a baby Miss Spider searches for her mother; and Little Miss Spider: Sunny Patch School, in which the tiny spider goes to class and discovers her true talent: kindness. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a smaller, simpler format, the latest book about Miss Spider takes readers back to her birth and subsequent search for her mother. This winning tale puts a new spin on the subject, for the just-hatched little Miss Spider never locates her biological mother (fans of Charlotte's Web will know why). Instead, Miss Spider adopts as her mother the green beetle, Betty, who has been assisting Miss Spider in her search all along. As the text explains, "For finding your mother,/ There's one certain test./ You must look for the creature/ Who loves you the best." The pictures of Betty cupping the tiny, dewy-eyed Miss Spider (with a cute oversize head) in her hands and bathing her in a walnut shell are heartwarming. In addition to a happy ending, the book offers danger and adventure: Betty narrowly saves Miss Spider from being fed to gaping-mouthed baby goldfinches. As always, Kirk's oil paintings glow with luminescent colors and, here printed on laminated pages, they closely resemble animation cells. Not only do Miss Spider fans now have a prequel, this tale will likely convert arachnophobes to arachnophiles, at least when it comes to Miss Spider. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A prequel to the earlier stories. Here readers meet Miss Spider on the very first day of her life when the little arachnid is quite alarmed that she can't find her mother. "Did she squeeze down a hole?/Or dive underwater?/Why won't she come out here/And meet her new daughter?" With a helpful beetle named Betty by her side, she sets out to locate her missing mom. But, alas, none of the other insects have seen her. Fortunately, Betty comes up with another solution that suits both herself and little spider. Kirk's lively, photo-clear illustrations are, as usual, appealing. The eye-catching yellow spiders, green-and-blue beetle, and red centipedes almost jump off the page with a striking three-dimensional effect. Just right for preschoolers or beginning readers, this reassuring story, complete with a surprise ending, is a charmer.-Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439083898
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Miss Spider Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Especially great for families with adoptive children!

    This story's ending is very relevant for families with adoptive children!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    great for adoption families

    I especially appriciate this book for the adoption storyline which is sometimes hard to come accross with out the title being so...adopted sounding. And just really sweet when it comes to what ALL moms do for their kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    birthmoms love their children too

    the book is lovely, very eye catching, but gives an unfortunate message that birthmom's love of baby was not enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    You'll like it as much as your child will

    This book is wonderful and heartwarming, especially for adoptive parents. The illustrations are incredibly rich, and you'll both be amused as you look for all the details. The story is interesting for children, too, but not too complex for them to follow. Most importantly, the point that love is what makes families, even if they consist of parent(s) and little ones who don't look exactly alike, is reassuring for any child to hear. Add this one to your library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    Anything from David Kirk is Gold

    Pictures are brillant with color and eye catching for small children. Story is just right for babies who do not have a long attetion span. The story is something to cherish for generations to come. Make sure to this one to your little one's library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000

    Beautiful book...both written and illustrated

    This book is one our favorites right next to Kirk's other Miss Spider books. The pictures are so beautiful in color and the authors imagination with the characters in the book are incredible. My 2 year-old daughter and I love to recite the Miss Spider books from memory thanks to the well-written verses.

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