The library system will not be available Sunday evening July 15 from 9:00 p.m. to Midnight

Record Details

Catalog Search

Miss Spider's tea party / by David Kirk.

Kirk, David, 1955- (Author).
Book Book (c1994.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic : c1994.
14 of 20 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 20 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Farms Children's Picture Books Child Picture Book KIR (Text to Phone) Checked out 07/23/2018
Danvers Children's Picture Books JJ / Kirk (Text to Phone) Available -
Everett - Parlin Memorial Children's Picture Books E/Kirk (Text to Phone) Available -
Everett - Parlin Memorial Children's Picture Books E/Kirk (Text to Phone) Available -
Everett - Shute Memorial Children's Picture Books E/Kirk (Text to Phone) Available -
Gloucester Children's Picture Books J/E/ Kirk (Picture Books) (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynn Children's Picture Books j7/ Kirk/Storage (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Children's Picturebook J EASY KIRK (Text to Phone) Available -
Peabody Main Children's Picture Books Child E/Kirk (Text to Phone) Available -
Revere Children's Picture Books JJ/K (Text to Phone) Available -
Next 10 »

  • ISBN: 0590477242 :
Summary: When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!
Citation: Kirk, David. "Miss Spider's tea party." New York : Scholastic : 1994.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 1994 March #2
    What's a sociable spider to do when no one will accept her invitations to tea? Seemingly unaware of her own predatory reputation, the eponymous arachnid is perplexed and saddened when a parade of potential guests scuttles, scampers and scurries away ``in mortal dread.'' A timely rainstorm provides the perfect opportunity for Miss Spider to prove her good intentions, however, as she lovingly nurtures a rain-soaked moth with sweets and warm brew. Good news travels quickly, and before long her web is abuzz with a full-scale tea party. ``Her friends were glad to watch her feast / Upon the floral centerpiece. / It was a great relief to see / She ate just flowers and drank just tea.'' First-time author Kirk's rhyming text, with its singsong rhythm and counting motif (two beetles are followed by three fireflies, then four bumblebees, etc.), is slack and predictable, but his illustrations are thoroughly original. The stylized paintings are flecked with a shimmery light that accentuates the bold, often garish, juxtaposition of colors and increases the whimsy of the appropriately bug-eyed cast. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 1994 June
    Gr 1-3-Ingenuous Miss Spider can't understand why insects flee in panic at her approach. Being a florivore herself, she only wants to invite them over for cakes and tea. The ironic air wafting through Kirk's rhymed tale will not be lost on young readers, and the insects in the big, brightly colored illustrations bear comically apprehensive expressions as they hastily depart. Miss Spider is depicted as a freckled, green-eyed beauty with a bulbous black-and-gold body; she and her would-be guests are seen in a slightly softened focus that sometimes sharpens to a glossy solidity reminiscent of William Joyce's figures. At last, Miss Spider is able to convince a rain-soaked moth of her good intentions, and, ``Before too long our hostess knew/Each bug who crawled or hopped or flew/And all their lovely children too.'' A sweet tale-pair it with Mary Ann Hoberman's Bugs (Viking, 1976; o.p.).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

Additional Resources