Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review for When a Spider Came to Stay by Rebecca Crosdale


She appeared one day next to the chair, right there on the floor. She looked strange and didn’t speak my language, yet there she was, just looking up at me. I didn’t know why.

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499619014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499619010


When a Spider Came to Stay is a simply told story of a girl who has a spider in her room. At first she finds it freaky, but then she erases her fear and looks at the spider in a different way. Not as something to be feared that might bite her, but something that creates beautiful artwork with it's webs in means of catching food. She talks to it and tries to become friends, and in so doing, the two coexist in an amazing way. 

Spiders can be scary, there is no doubt, and frankly most find their end being squashed by a shoe, a thick book, or a vacuum cleaner, but in truth we can coexist with spiders because all they want to do is find food same as us, they just find it in a different manner other than a grocery store. Spiders can amaze and the author creates an opportunity for the reader to look at them in a different way then what they are portayed by movies and cartoons. Just don't make friends with the poisonous ones cause they will bite you.

Many children will enjoy this 32 page picture book, where the illustrations by Charles Berton are bright and colorful. Parents will appreciate the in-depth questions in the back of the book. The author not only brings up questions about spiders and such, but more in-depth questions that a child can relate to in their lives and how they can handle them or perceive certain events. A great added educational tool!

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