Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Recommended Reading

Our school librarian recently introduced us to a great read (just in time for Halloween, but marvelous for storytime all year round), titled "The Spider and the Fly" written by Mary Howitt and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi.

The book begins “‘Will you walk into my parlor?’ said the Spider to the Fly…”. You would think the fly would know better, and at first she resists his invitation. However, he flatters her lovely colors and bright eyes, and eventually she falls for his flattery.

No, there’s not a happy ending (for the fly), but, as the spider says in an afterword, “What did you expect?”

This book breathes new life into Mary Howitt's 175-year-old warning against those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.

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