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You are cordially invited to the most charming tea party ever tossed by a lonely, lovable, ladylike spider. With vibrant oil paintings and elegant rhyming verses, renowned toy designer David Kirk serves up an irresistible story about the rewards of kindness and the importance of friendship. Full color.

When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

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Overview

You are cordially invited to the most charming tea party ever tossed by a lonely, lovable, ladylike spider. With vibrant oil paintings and elegant rhyming verses, renowned toy designer David Kirk serves up an irresistible story about the rewards of kindness and the importance of friendship. Full color.

When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

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"One lonely spider wished to play. Two beetles cried and ran away." Miss Spider's tea party crisis is solved by an act of heroism involving a rain-soaked moth. Now adapted for new readers, this award-winning book is an enduring classic.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What's a sociable spider to do when no one will accept her invitations to tea? Seemingly unaware of her own predatory reputation, the eponymous arachnid is perplexed and saddened when a parade of potential guests scuttles, scampers and scurries away ``in mortal dread.'' A timely rainstorm provides the perfect opportunity for Miss Spider to prove her good intentions, however, as she lovingly nurtures a rain-soaked moth with sweets and warm brew. Good news travels quickly, and before long her web is abuzz with a full-scale tea party. ``Her friends were glad to watch her feast / Upon the floral centerpiece. / It was a great relief to see / She ate just flowers and drank just tea.'' First-time author Kirk's rhyming text, with its singsong rhythm and counting motif (two beetles are followed by three fireflies, then four bumblebees, etc.), is slack and predictable, but his illustrations are thoroughly original. The stylized paintings are flecked with a shimmery light that accentuates the bold, often garish, juxtaposition of colors and increases the whimsy of the appropriately bug-eyed cast. All ages. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Miss Spider is such a delight, and this is a book that is sturdy enough for younger children to handle and love. Counting from 1 to 12, the tale of the insects' reluctance to come to Miss Spider's Tea Party is told. When she proves herself a friend, the insects come back to play. The artwork is wonderful, bright and whimsical. The insects are imaginative and expressive. The palette demands attention.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Ingenuous Miss Spider can't understand why insects flee in panic at her approach. Being a florivore herself, she only wants to invite them over for cakes and tea. The ironic air wafting through Kirk's rhymed tale will not be lost on young readers, and the insects in the big, brightly colored illustrations bear comically apprehensive expressions as they hastily depart. Miss Spider is depicted as a freckled, green-eyed beauty with a bulbous black-and-gold body; she and her would-be guests are seen in a slightly softened focus that sometimes sharpens to a glossy solidity reminiscent of William Joyce's figures. At last, Miss Spider is able to convince a rain-soaked moth of her good intentions, and, ``Before too long our hostess knew/Each bug who crawled or hopped or flew/And all their lovely children too.'' A sweet tale-pair it with Mary Ann Hoberman's Bugs (Viking, 1976; o.p.).-John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439320733
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Meet the Author


Kirk has studied painting for more than twenty years, starting in junior high school. A graduate of the Cleveland Art Institute, his bold palette and unique style are influenced by everything from nineteenth century academic painting to 1930s animation. Mr. Kirk lives in upstate New York with his wife, Kathy, and his daughters, Violet, Primrose, and Wisteria.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    highly recommend

    Miss Spider' tea party is a beautiful book. My Little girl had it given to her when it was first published. I bought it to share with another special little girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Little girl loved this

    My little girl, age 6, loved this story.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Colorful story with good message

    This is absolutely one of our favorites. The illustrations are so colorful and engaging. And, the story sends a good message about not judging a book by its cover, or a person by their outward appearance. We're just starting to work on counting but this will only help, I think.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    So Cute

    My 1yr old loves this book. The illustrations are very colorful so she loves flipping thru the pages. She doesn't understand the story yet, but it has a good lesson for children.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Wonderful book for a child's collection

    The rythmic poetry of the book captures both adult and child. Excellent illustrations in bright, creative tones. Have bought this book for other family's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Miss Spider's Tea Party, The Counting Book

    ISBN 059006519x - Usually, when I come across a board book with a spectacularly illustrated cover, I'm let down when I open it up. David Kirk is absolutely fantastic and so, it turns out, is every single page inside. Miss Spider would like to play, but all the other bugs are afraid of her. Rhyming text counts the bugs, from the two beetles who ran away to the eleven bugs who finally came to visit - bringing twelve flowers as gifts. It's great, the chance to work on numbers with your child, but for me the illustrations are what knocks it out of the park. The details are excellent: the reflection in the teapot and the twelve cupcakes when her eleven bugs come to visit, for example. The colors are vivid and the images nearly 3D. Board book pages are sturdy and can take a bit of a beating. My single complaint is that the cover board seems to be coated with a rubbery plastic layer which peels fairly easily. The bugs aren't particularly creepy or scary, which works for me - I've got a shortage of Halloween-themed board books and this one is going to fill in. I hardly think anyone will mind! - AnnaLovesBooks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    Loved It!

    I read this in the book store to my 4 year old granddaughter. She was captivated. This is a book, that will surely teach little ones the love of reading. It is a 5 star!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    Neat Book!

    My first grade teacher read this to me and now I'm in ninth grade and still love it! The illustrations are excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    I enjoy all of the Miss Spider's Books!!

    I was recently hired to read at a little girl's birthday party. The mom of the birthday girl had asked me to read 'Miss Spider's Tea Party' to the children in attendance. Since the children were all under the age of 5, I wasn't sure it would hold their attention. But they all listened intently! Since then, I have not only added this book to my library, but all of the 'Little Miss Spider' books as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Awesome

    My children and I just recently finished up our summer reading program through our local library. The experience was wonderful for all three of us. My kids are 5 and 3 and have developed a true love for books. One of their favorites was Miss Spider's Tea Party. My children felt for Miss Spider when the other bugs were afraid to come to her tea party. They were all afraid because of who or really what she was. But when one of the other bugs saw her for who she really was made it my kids happy. It helped them to understand that what we see on the outside isn't always what is in the inside. Therefore, we should give everyone a chance to be close to us. The illustrations were so amazing we just got lost in them. My daughter loved it because she loves tea party's and she thought that Miss Spider was very beautiful. This is a wonderful book, thank you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Excellent!

    Miss Spider's Tea Party is the cutest board book my daughter has! I just love it! The colors that Kirk uses are so vivid and wonderful! We have almost all of his Miss Spider books and we love them all!

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