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The Spider and the Fly

Last updated Thursday, February 20, 2020

Author: Mary Botham Howitt
Illustrator: Tony Diterlizzi
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 0689852894
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Oct. 2003

Synopsis: Drawn in the visual style of films from the twenties and thirties, the black and white illustrations shimmer like images out of a silent film. The spider, dressed to the nines and looking like the late Raul Julia, resides in a Victorian Doll House. A lovely dragonfly, dressed flapper style, approaches his abode.

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Craft ideas:
•  Make a book cover for this book, with a picture on the front, and a description and review of the story on the back.
•  Make a spider.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!