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Lily and the Tarantula [Kindle Edition]

John Murnieks , Dori Murnieks
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 28 pages
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Book Description

"Cute story with beautiful illustrations. This story kept my 5 year old twins attention and when it was over they both said "read it again". Great way to teach children to be respectful of all living creatures."

Lily finds a surprise while looking for toys in the garage. It's a tarantula spider! Though at first she is frightened, her father calms her and explains why she shouldn't be afraid. After a short adventure and a dream, Lily learns to respect all creatures - no matter how big and scary!!!

The beautiful illustrations in this children's book are sure to captivate young readers, and parents too!. Based on a true life experience, the story will help children learn respect for the environment. For ages 3 and up. Pre-readers will love the pictures, and new readers will also enjoy reading this bedtime story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1231 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story and fantastic illustrations. September 10, 2012
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As a former preschool teacher I always looked for picture books that held my students attention. I found that both the story and the illustration are important to making a book a child will want to read over and over again. Author, John Murnieks has hit the nail on the head with Lily and the Tarantula. Aside from a tightly told story about a spider and this charming girl, Dori Murniek's illustrations were fantastic. With work like this more parents (and teachers) will be searching the epublishers for books. Not only is this book a good read for preschool children, beginner readers will love to read it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining August 24, 2012
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My six year old son read this book to me. We were both pleased by the entertaining story and the fantastic illustrations. He has since gone back to re-read it at least two more times.
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I hate it when people react to spiders and insects by squishing them! That's why I love "Lily and the Tarantula" - because Lily does NOT squish the spider she encounters, even though she is initially afraid. Catching and releasing a tarantula might be adventure enough for some, but not for Lily. The story's imaginative dream sequence and lovely illustrations offer readers an even bigger flight of fancy, which concludes with a happy ending and lessons of respect and kindness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute for fostering spider-lovers January 18, 2014
By Jackie
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Pretty good short story about not just squashing every spider you see. Not a classic for the ages, but my 5 and 2 yr old both enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lily and the Tarantula August 8, 2013
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I love this book as it is a cute way for a child to get new respect for spiders. The illustrations are wonderful. It is good to learn to observe and respect all creatures including spiders. John Murnieks has done this in a delightful way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives fear of the unknown a different perspective July 29, 2013
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A simple yet powerful story that takes a child's fear of spiders and transforms it into a respect for the eight-legged creature. I adore LILY AND THE TARANTULA because it gives the reader a different perspective, which is a lost spider looking for its way home. The illustrations are soft, subtle, and very well done. One could say they have the same gentle quality as the story, itself. Apart from that, my 9 year old entomologist really likes the book as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amy likes February 3, 2013
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I gave it this rating because I loved the cute story of a little girl and spider.I love this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book especially for spider lovers December 14, 2012
By Marta28
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My 5 year old son loves spiders so the story was very appealing to him. His favorite part was when the spider turned big. Cute free story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars what kind of story is that?
Okay so while this is a good story about being nice to all living creatures why on earth would they pick a tarantula.?! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Lily and the trantrula
This book is very good. It tells a story of kindness. I'd rate it all ages. Even a 10 year old.
Published 4 months ago by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for both my kids!
Just got this book the other day and my daughter loves it (she's even started taking it to bed with her)! Read more
Published on January 5, 2013 by Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent eight legged twist on the fable of the lion and the...
I enjoyed reading this book with my children, and I liked how the illustrations enhanced the story. This is a great way to help children feel more at ease with nature and insects,... Read more
Published on January 1, 2013 by KofaSing KoodGarma
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindness
This is a great book to use in the schools to talk about kindness. As soon as kids see a bee the first thing they want to do is swat it and kill it. Read more
Published on December 14, 2012 by Joanne Kaminski
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs serious updating
Makes no impact as  an ebook. Illustrations are weak.  It‘s going  up to the cloud.  Never to return.  Do  not purchase even if it‘s free.
Published on October 19, 2012 by Carolyn Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute
This is very cute. The art it nice too. The art and story have a classic, old fashioned feel to it while still being modern. Read more
Published on October 18, 2012 by Teresa Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
This is a very cute little story with nicely done illustrations. I'm not a huge fan of spiders, but I did enjoy the story and art work. Great for younger children! Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I was born in New York, but consider myself a California native. I enjoy running, snowboarding, and tennis. When not writing, I'm also a technology executive. In addition to writing children's books I have some science fiction projects underway as well. I live in Southern California with my wife Erika and our two children, who of course inspire many of my picture books and stories. "Lily and the Tarantula" is the first of my books to be published, but there will be more to come. I hope you and your children enjoy reading them as much as mine do.

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