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Miss Spider's Tea Party Paperback – February 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Series: Miss Spider
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439918170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439918176
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 9.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 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
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves to read to children.
Gaslight1944
I gave this book plus a tea set to my two year-old niece for her birthday.
Lisa
Nice stories, wonderfully bright, and imaginatively styled illustrations!
David Swanson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Miss Spider's Tea Party is a simple story that introduces children to simple counting from 1 to 10. The illustrations are extremely colourful and visually stimulating for both children and parents (or grown ups like me who bought it for themselves). It's a great story that no bookself should be without - a classic kids book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I had first gotten this book when I went to my sons book fair at school. My 1 yr old daughter immediately fell in love with it and I have been reading it to her ever since. She loves the beautiful graphics in the story, and the wonderful rhyming keeps her tuned into the story. We have even made up little motions to go along with the story so she can participate actively in the story. I recommend this book to any parent, I believe this book has helped my daughter to start sounding out words already, and I feel confident that she will be an avid reader because of books like this. David Kirk does a wonderful job as a story teller, and I cannot wait to read all his childrens books to my own 3 children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
my 2 year old daughter loves this book and knows it off by heart(as do the rest of us), I love the pictures and its sure to be a family favourite.now we just have to collect all the others!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "lynkfri13" on October 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
~ Miss Spider's Tea Party is one of those children's books that brings delight to the adult reader as well as the child.
~ The illustrations are beautiful and vividly intricate, but not too complex for children to enjoy, the story has a very gentle wit, that adults will appreciate.
~ Poor Miss Spider invites all kinds of insects to tea, but for some reason they seem reluctant to befriend her. : - )
~ Happily, her naturally sweet charm wins her popularity in the insect kingdom over, as well as a true fan in the reader. Children really seem to love this simple tale, mostly for the beauty of the illustrations, and the sense of a happy conclusion approaching.
I highly recommend this as a book you can enjoy reading with your child. And I would definitely also recommend the sequel "Miss Spider's Wedding"!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sheila gawne-sanders on February 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I happened upon Miss Spider about three years ago at the Denton public library. At the time my daughter was 3, I love the prose, I love the art, I love Miss Spider!
David Kirk does a wonderful job of creating an adorable "mis-fit" Miss Spider is so misunderstood! None of the other bugs want to come to tea. The story breaks your heart then shows how persistance and kindness pay off!
My daughter isn't as thrilled by the books as I am. but then again, I LOVE them. Thank God for people with such great imaginations as the author and illustrator of the Miss Spider series. I recommend Miss Spider to everyone, not just kids, the lessons are profound and the flowing prose style is wonderful. This is my very favorite book to read to children. I am a life long fan of Kirk!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an excellent choice for many reasons. First, the colors were incredible and really captured the readers interest. Secondly, the rhyming format of the story is a wonderful choice and is quite an effective tool for the young reader to grasp concept. Finally, the use of counting strenghthens a students ability to learn number order as well as number recognition. I feel this would be a wonderful addition to any young readers library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have loved this book since it first came out. The pictures are beautiful- very detailed and fun to look at. I have never seen such pretty flowers and colors in a children's book. Since reading this book, I am a big fan of Miss Spider and collect Miss Spider toys, books, etc. The story sends a very good message to kids. The story rhymes which makes it fun to read aloud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kahan on November 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book has the unique combination of being charmingly written, stunningly illustrated, and thoroughly captivating. Belongs in the upper echelon of children's literature, along with Ferdinand, Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel, and Make Way for Ducklings. What a gem!
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