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Little Miss Spider at Sunny Patch [Hardcover]

David Kirk
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Oct. 1 2003 Miss Spider
Miss Spider and all her friends in a new mini format!

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Sunny Patch School
Was the best place to go
To study the lessons
All bugs ought to know.
When the first day of school arrives, Little Miss Spider is almost beside herself with excitement. She gobbles her breakfast ("a fresh flower plate") and runs all the way to Sunny Patch School. But poor Miss Spider is in for a day of frustration. She can't seem to master the new lessons: dung digging, leaf drilling, stinging, or flying. As the day draws to a close, Miss Spider bemoans her lack of skills. Isn't there anything she can do well? We are all soon to find out...

David Kirk's bestselling Miss Spider series, including Miss Spider's Tea Party and Miss Spider's New Car, blasts the reader with brilliant splashes of color and quirky, bug-eyed (no, really!) insect characters. In this second adventure of the spinoff Little Miss Spider series, Kirk's droll verses harmonize with the shiny, eye-catching paintings for a heartwarming tale, sure to be a favorite with Miss Spider's ever-increasing entourage of fans--especially those getting ready for their first day of school! (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-K-Little Miss Spider is ready for school in this second book about her childhood. However, her first day at Sunny Patch School brings nothing but frustration as the little arachnid finds she is a failure at leaf chewing, flying, stinging, and other bug activities. Her climbing and spinning skills aren't tested until she rescues a fellow classmate from a spout, after which the principal praises her for her kindness, the best gift of all. In the attempt to leave readers with some sort of a lesson, the author provides a less-than-satisfying ending. Still, Kirk's rhyming story reads aloud well and is accompanied by his signature eye-catching oil paintings. Libraries with other "Miss Spider" books in their collections may wish to add this one.
Denise Reitsma, Howe Library, Hanover, NH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a Delightful Tale May 14 2003
This story has made me a fan of David Kirk's work. The story is wonderful and teaches children a valuable lesson in self respect and being different, while showing that everyone is talented at something. You must never give up trying to find what your special talents are. Lil Miss Spider is excited about her first day of school, but when she arrives finds that there are many things that the other bugs can do, that she can't do well at all. At the end of the day she realizes how special she is when she courageously comes to the aid of another bug in trouble. She makes a gallant rescue and finally earns her gold star. "Our gifts, they are many: We hop, fly and crawl. But kindness," he (the principal) said, "Is the finest of all!" A perfect end to a brilliant children's story with unbelievably beautiful, bold illustrations. Your children won't be able to help themselves fall for the rhyming text as the story is brought to life with the pictures. This is a book that I delight in reading over and over again. One warning: The pages are gorgeous , but made on a thick, glossy paper. My daughter, who loves to put EVERYTHING in her mouth, got the nastiest paper cut on her lip. So now when I read it to her I give her a soft toy to keep her hands full. Ive purchased the board books as well, and those I put into heavy rotation. This is still my favorite, but will be better for her when she's a bit older.
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The best word I can think of to describe David Kirk's illustrations is sunshiny. There is a buoyant, inherently happy quality to his work that goes so well with his simple Miss Spider series. Here, Miss Spider is excited to begin her first day at school, but gets more and more disappointed as the day goes on to discover that she isn't good at anything!
As one of her buddies gets stuck in a water spout, however, Miss Spider jumps right in without thinking and helps free the trapped bug. The school principal congratulates her warmly and reminds her that everyone--EVERYONE--has some sort of talent or skill that can be used to make the world a better place.
Lots of fun for little kids, and blessedly fun for parents as well--if only to marvel at the saturated colors and marvelous detail of Kirk's illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-have for every child! Sept. 20 2001
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I received this book as a gift for my 4 month old daughter-we love it! The simple rhymes are easy to read and the bright, vivid pictures hold even the youngest child's interest. Little Miss Spider is a character any child can grow up with! I also love the fact that the book is practically indestructible-the pages don't tear or warp.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Caution: July 1 2001
By A Customer
Most excellent, oil painted illustrations and easygoing rhyme! Nice lesson in helping/kindness. The laminated pages are a real plus for durability. Just misses the mark due to off-color (though true) reference to bugs in "dung"; children pay special interest--please at least spare us the detailed list of "students" with dung-related names!
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