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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Schneider the Spider sat looking at the beauty of the lake and the other spiders playing web-spit and catching flies. He really wished he had friends to play with him and he decided to approach a group of friendly spiders to ask if he could play with them. They told him he was a horrible big, brown, spiky monster and no one wanted to play with him. Schneider crawled to a nearby branch and started to cry and the sound of his teardrops was heard by Berlini the butterfly. She told him she would sit next to him if he promised he would not eat her for lunch.
Berlini sat next to Schneider and told him about her problems; how the other butterflies teased her about her glassy wings and glittery antenna. They consoled each other and decided to take a flight and get their minds off their sadness. They flew into the sky and landed on a branch where they met a white squirrel, Stanley, who was going through the same problem as Schneider and Berlini. They became friends and, as they climbed down the oak tree, they spotted Benji, the dung beetle. They learn something very important from Benji that day which helped them change their perception about themselves. Let's read the story to learn what it was that made them respect Benji and become confident.
Schneider the Spider and His Unusual Friends by Czarina Tran-Bernett is an adorable story on self-acceptance, self-love, and self-belief and will help readers understand that everyone is unique and special in their own way. Pei Ooi brings the story to life and gives a personality to the characters with his fabulous and colorful illustrations. It is a captivating book that encourages young readers to think positively, accept themselves, and realize everyone is different yet beautiful. Benji's character is inspiring and uplifting and will encourage readers to be confident, comfortable, and happy with what they have without worrying about what others think.