Miss Spider's Abc Book
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Miss Spider's Abc Book [Hardcover]

David Kirk
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 1, 1998 4 - 8 yearsMiss Spider490L (What's this?)
A simple and colourful ABC book that also tells a story - Miss Spider's friends prepare a surprise party for her, during the course of which children will learn the alphabet, and about insects and their colors, all in one delightful package. "Kirk turns his vibrant oil paints to a celebration of letters and bugs." - School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

David Kirk's in-your-face, electrically charged illustrations will excite any young reader grappling with the challenges of the alphabet. From ants to the zebra butterfly, Miss Spider's friends prepare for her giant surprise birthday party: "Bumblebees blow balloons.... Earthworms entertain.... Fireflies fandango.... Moths mingle.... Owlflies ogle." This visually arresting alphabet throws open the doors of imagination, inviting children to learn their letters, insects, and colors in one fabulous package. It's hard to believe an alphabet book could actually tell a story, but this one succeeds, splendidly. Emotions play on the faces of Miss Spider and her friends, telling of anticipation, excitement, and joy. Fans of Kirk's other bestselling Miss Spider books (Miss Spider's Tea Party, Miss Spider's Wedding, and Miss Spider's New Car) will gleefully welcome Miss Spider's ABC. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright © 1998 by Callaway & Kirk Company LLC. Permission by Scholastic Press.) (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Celebration is de rigueur among Miss Spider's friends, and this ebullient primer shows party preparations in progress from A to Z: "Bumblebees blow balloons./ Caterpillars circle/ dragonfly decorations." All sorts of insects assist, from moths whose white- and black-spotted wings resemble velvety floor-length capes to termites who tote colorful wrapped presents in their mandibles. At the end of the sequence, Miss Spider floats in on the back of a striped Zebra butterfly and receives a welcoming shout of "Happy Birthday!" from the buggy assembly. Kirk (Miss Spider's New Car) sets the activity in a flowery garden and a hornets' nest; he substitutes gently waving antennae for paper streamers in the closing scene. His dew-bright oil paintings glow with the fluorescent yellow-green of fandango-ing fireflies, shades of backlit midnight-blue and lush lavender-rose hues. Each oversize letter of the alphabet appears near the text, so that readers have an easy reference point as they scan the vivid artwork. Devotees will detect their returning favorites: Holley hides among the "smiling spiders" taking shelter beneath the red roses, and May and Ike greet the termites beside the "very vivid violets." Kirk's witty rhymes and the ever polite Miss Spider's hostessing talents are absent this time around, but the juiced-up, color-saturated illustrations are thrilling all the same. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Miss Spider
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590282794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590282796
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 12 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is wonderful! December 7, 1999
This book has the best colors that I have ever seen. My Daughter loves it. I will get the rest of David Kirks books for her!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but... May 11, 2003
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This is a wonderful ABC. David Kirk's illustrations are vivid and consume the whole page with color. His text is poetic (eg, termites tunnel underneath very vivid violets). I have only two small criticisms:
1. The alphabet letters are highly stylized. Very young children may have difficulty recognizing them because of the extra curlicues and whatnot.
2. My copy of this book had two W and X pages, but no Y and Z page. Obviously I'd like my children to learn the last two letters of the alphabet as well as the first 24.
Because of David Kirk's beautiful style, however, I still read this to my children several times a day. They love Miss Spider and the world of tiny bugs she inhabits.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent alphabet and birthday story March 9, 1999
By A Customer
we gave miss spiders abc to our daughter for her first birthday. the paintings are so bright and active...unlike those in any other book, that she loves them. she's also started to learn her abc's, and the words happy birthday.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Fun July 21, 2000
Format:Board book
On the way to work the other morning I realized that I have this entire book memorized. "Ants await, Bumble Bees blow balloons..."
I purchased this book when my daughter was 5 months old because I was attracted to the beautiful illustrations. My daughter loves the book. She is now 13 months old and says "book" and always grabs "Miss Spiders ABCs". It is her favorite out of about 2 dozen books. She even kisses the spider on the "Red Roses shelter smiling spiders" page. I would recommend this book to all babies and tiny tots as well as all art lovers, bug lovers and anyone with a good sense of humor!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun and educational book!! December 1, 2001
Format:Board book
My 18 month old son loves the Miss Spider books!! He is learning his ABC's by my reading Miss Spider's ABC book to him. He also has learned his numbers from the Miss Spider's Tea Party (A Counting Book). He brings me these books to read to him all of the time. He loves them. The illustrations are so vivid and beautiful! I will be buying the Miss Spider books he does not have for Christmas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my son's first favorite book October 26, 2004
Format:Board book
This is a great book for a young child. The bright illustrations and the engaging text have kept my son entertained for many months, and he in turn has kept me entertained, as he fandangos with the fireflies, kisses the katydid and laughs with the ladybugs.

At least as important as the entertainment is the fact that at 22 months, my son is learning to recognize the letters of the alphabet and the different sounds that they make, and he has been exposed to words, like fandango, that probably would not have come up in our every day world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic June 23, 2000
I started bying the little miss spider books after I had my first baby I was attracted to the bright colours and the catching poetry, I read them to my son every night before he goes to bed he loves them almost as much as I do
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoloutely Entertaining for Your Preschooler September 28, 2010
Miss Spider's ABC book is a cute book that entertwines alphabetical words to introduce all the letters of the alphabet with a fun tale. I think that David Kirk did a fabulous job with the drawings to help the letters come to life. The end brings a bit of a surprise ending to tie it all together!

If your child likes bright colors, bugs and reading then this is the book for you. I read with children at our elementary school and the little ones loved the bugs and critters.

By Kerri J. Busteed
Author of Will's First Hunt Will's First Hunt
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a bit odd -- my almost-2-year-old has never chosen this book for...
David Kirk's artwork is always stunning and quite inspirational -- however, the words are rather odd... Read more
Published 5 days ago by JEick
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend!
This book has beautiful illustrations, it's educational, and its fun for my 3 year old! We watch the TV show sometimes, but even if you dont, I recommend.
Published 7 months ago by stephanie windham
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book.
Very well illustrated. My daughter loves the big variety of cute bugs. It's very kid friendly and demonstrates the alphabet nicely.
Published 13 months ago by Tim N
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful series
If you want a book that young children will want to pull out and read again & again, this is a great start. The illustrations and colors are exceptional. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tanya Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE book for toddlers!
I absolutely love this book! I read this to my nephew when he was a toddler, and now I've purchased another copy to decorate with. I've removed the pages and framed them. Read more
Published on December 20, 2012 by StaceyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
we had a hand me down of this book but it was so abused and banged up I bought it again my daughter loves it and it helps with her abc's I actually bought a couple other ones from... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Daughter Loves Miss Spider
Our first Miss Spider book was Miss Spider's Tea Party, and my 1 1/2 year old daughter loved it. When she turned 2 I decided to purchase another book from the serie, and chose... Read more
Published on April 8, 2010 by C. Timmerman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for older kids
This book doesn't really hold my 3 year old's attention. The pictures are beautiful, but is more appropriate for slightly older kids
Published on February 11, 2009 by Grace M,
1.0 out of 5 stars missing letter "G"
This book is beautiful and inventive as everyone says, but ours is missing the letter "g." How does that happen? Read more
Published on November 14, 2008 by M. Istre
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book- Your Child Will Love It!
This book is amazing! It is absolutely beautiful. The pages and drawings are breathtaking. My 2 year old son (just turned two) loves it and asks us to read it again and again. Read more
Published on September 12, 2008 by Ayodele Mellor
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