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*Diary of a Spider* by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss

 
Also by Doreen Cronin:

Click, Clack, ABC

Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure

Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure

 
Also illustrated by Harry Bliss:

A Very Brave Witch
Diary of a Spider
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss
ages 4-8 40 pages Joanna Cotler August 2005 Hardcover    

The author and illustrator of the New York Times best selling book Diary of a Worm have teamed up again to bring us the delightful new picture book Diary of a Spider. The book takes us on an adventure through the spring and summer of one young spider as he goes to school, plays with his friend Fly, does his homework, goes to the park and generally does everything that human children do, but in a much different way.

Diary of a Spider is a wonderful book for children in a number of different ways. First, the story and the pictures will definitely keep the attention of and amuse children of a variety of ages. The pictures by Harry Bliss and story by Doreen Cronin are very interactive and children will have just as much fun poring over the illustrations as they do listening to the story of Spider.

This is also a good book for children because it helps give them information on spiders (like how they spin webs and molt), yet it gives the spiders a personality that will make it easy for children to relate to the characters. Itís also nice that Spider has friends, Fly and Worm, who are different from him. This will help teach children to accept those who may be not be like them instead of being afraid of or making fun of them.

Diary of a Spider is a funny, cute book that should be informational and amusing for young children. With large type and only a few sentences on each page, this would also be a good book for beginning readers to read out loud to their parents. Recommended for all parents whose children are interested in insects and bugs and want to read more about them.



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