Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 12

Picture Book: Little Miss Spider

Author & Illustrator: David Kirk

Summary: After being born, Little Miss Spider searches for her mother. Betty the Beetle helps her search. When they are unsuccessful, the Betty comforts the little spider and then lovingly takes the baby spider into her beetle home.

Hanna’s Comments: The first in a delightful series for young children that celebrates families and friends who are loving but diverse.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 1999

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Preschool and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: audio cassette, Nick Jr. has a video series about Miss Spider as an adult.

PBT Category: Pre 2 K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: adoption, belonging, birth/birthday, bonds/connections/connectedness, caring/tending, chosen, comfort, dependence/ interdependence, encouragement, exile/separation, family, found, gentleness, God’s nature, home, hospitality, journeys/pilgrimages/migration/quests, kindness, loneliness, love, mothers, nurturing, orphans, parents/parental love, presence, reassurance, rescue, safe place/sanctuary, searching, security

Scripture Connections: God chooses Abraham and his people (Genesis 12), welcoming a child (Matthew 18:5), adoption (Galatians 4:5 & Ephesians 1:5)

Idea(s) for Application: Nursery & Preschool Sunday School on Mother’s Day

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