The Shy Little Spider

Children - Picture Book
27 Pages
Reviewed on 12/07/2018
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

What makes the shy little spider sing and dance as he builds his home? In The Shy Little Spider by Amber Gulley, young readers will see the shy little spider happily making his home, singing and dancing as he does it. Will he follow the butterfly and the bee to see where they have gone or will he catch the dewdrops that reflect the light from the rays of the morning sun? Do you think the moon will make the spider lonely or will the rain make him sad? Let's join the little spider and see what makes him happy and what makes him sing and dance while making his home.

This beautiful poem asks a lot of questions and gives all the answers, making it magical and adorable. I like the author's approach in having the spider share his happiness through nature and its beauty. The verses focus on optimism, positive vibes, friendship, warmth, and happiness. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and make the book captivating and fascinating to young readers and make the feelings of the spider palpable. It is a beautiful poem that can be used for poetry reading sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Parents can also use it for bedtime storytelling and it will be interesting to ask children questions about the book and see how they answer. It is a good book to use it for interactive sessions in both classrooms and at home, and will help children to look at the world around them with a positive outlook.