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Miss Spider's Tea Party: The Counting Book

Miss Spider's Tea Party: The Counting Book

4.7 14
by David Kirk

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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.


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.

Editorial Reviews

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
Ilene Cooper
Miss Spider eagerly waits for some guests to join her at tea, but because spiders are in the habit of eating their company, no one wants to join her. Espying her web, the fireflies hightail it, the ants ignore her, the beetles dash away. Nine moths, waiting out a thundershower, prefer to get wet. But one little moth is too soaked to take wing. A guest at last! Miss Spider wines him and dines him, and then, instead of dining on him, she sends him on his way, at the same time paving the way for lots of new friends to trust her hospitality. As far as the story goes, there's one fly in the ointment. If young kids don't know that spiders catch other insects in their web to eat them, they won't know why Miss Spider is shunned, especially since she seems so nice. It's easy to forgive flaws in the story (a prosaic rhyming text) because of the fabulous art. Featuring the clarity that comes with airbrushing, these in-your-face pictures are full of eye-popping colors and almost 3-D shapes. Kirk takes artistic license and introduces spiders that are yellow, bugs that are blue, and ants the color of maraschino cherries. This would be a fun one to read to groups.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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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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Miss Spider's Tea Party 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
My little girl, age 6, loved this story.
MLE76 More than 1 year ago
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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Bebes-mom More than 1 year ago
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.
Accordkim More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first grade teacher read this to me and now I'm in ninth grade and still love it! The illustrations are excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!