Based on a German legend, Kajpust's story is about a mother spider and her 40 children who are present at the stable when Christ is born. Against his mother's orders, one curious little spider goes to see the child and falls into the manger. But rather than harming the spider, Mary gently sends him home. The spiders, who have observed the magi bringing gifts, would like to repay the woman's kindness. At first it seems they have nothing to give, but, as the title signals, the spiders weave a dozen diapers of the purest silk. A variation on stories in which animals provide presents for the Christ child, the tale is set apart by Tomova's delightful artwork. Featuring medieval motifs and costumes, this folk-style art is nevertheless uniquely its own. The full-page watercolors, as well as the smaller portraits and borders, exude both tenderness and humor. (How could they not when they feature spiders in medieval dress?) This is a fresh offering that is just the right length for holiday story hours or for Christmas reading at home.