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7 stars

The Spider and the Fly

AR: 4.8
RC: 4.7
by Mary Howitt     Illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi
Genre: Poetry

Caldecott Honor Award

A spider uses flattery to trick a fly into his web in this award-winning book. When a spider invites a fly up to his place, she refuses since she knows that insects that visit the spider never come back down. But when he uses flattery, she follows him up, and... well, you can probably guess the rest.

This book is based on a poem that first appeared in 1829, almost 200 years ago! What makes it so cool are the illustrations. Tony DiTerlizzi, who later went on to illustrate the "Spiderwick Chronicles", made these really impressive, dark, almost ghoulish pictures. His illustrations have a very Gothic feel. The poem, since it is so old, is a little hard to read, but it has a good message: don't listen to flattery from bad people.

Tags: Caldecott, fables,
(Last modified:04/17/2008)


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