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The Lady and the Spider (Reading Rainbow) Paperback – July 20, 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
The life of a spider, happily at home in a head of lettuce, is endangered when the gardener decides to have lettuce for lunch. A Reading Rainbow selection. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3 Soft pastel drawings complement the simple text of this serene tale of a green spider who makes its home in a lettuce patch. The spider finds shelter and food when dew gathers in the concave curls of the lettuce leaves. Drama enters when the lady who owns the garden harvests the lettuce for lunch. She discovers the spider among the leaves in the kitchen sink and is about to discard it with the trash when she suddenly takes a good, long look and marvels at its perfection and will to live. The lady returns the spider to the garden and places it on a new plant to resume its useful, busy life. The descriptions of a spider's daily life are fascinating, and the quiet mood is perfectly conveyed by the delicate, yet true-to-life illustrations. The book's message, that all life has value, is powerful, all the more so for being understated. The tale of a spider's life has been done before (Margaret B. Graham's Be Nice to Spiders Harper, 1967 and Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider Philomel, 1984) but neither are told so simply or so well. Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The pastels used by the artist are mellow, highly accurate and done in what I call a semi-realistic style. They are extremely relaxing to view. The text fits the illustrations perfectly and is very well written.
This little book has a lot going for it. First, it teaches the child compassion (the lady does not eat the spider, or scream and stomp on it as so often done, rather she returns it to her garden and another head of lettuce). The lesson as to the nature of spiders is great. These wonderful small creatures are given a bad rap by many, but this work helps clear the way about a lot of misconceptions. It teaches the children how each creature, including humans can and do fit into our ecosystem and, as I said, it teaches compassion.
I loved this story. Truth be told, when I find a spider or other critter in the house, I almost always gently capture it and return it to the wild. For me personally, the book was sort of spooky, in a good way, as the lady featured in the book looks amazingly like my wife.
This one is great not only for the small ones, but also those up to around eight years old. There is enough in the text and enough in the illustrations to keep the child's interest through many readings. This one has been kid tested, several times, and they all approve of it.