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¾ Read ☆ The Spider and the Fly by Mary Botham Howitt ☆ I m doing a 5 day literary lesson using this book Fun book though not what my first graders expected Oh well, it is October The Spider and the Fly is a wonderful story based on the poem by Mary Howitt Tony DiTerlizzi captures the look and feel of a creepy black and white movie in his wonderful illustrations I especially love the beautiful fly which makes the spider look that muchmenacing I think small children would defiantly have trouble with the premise and illustrations of this story The Spider and the Fly carries a strong message on the dangers of strangers and what can occur in a brilliantly haunting way. Will You Walk Into My Parlor, Said The Spider To The Fly Is Easily One Of The Most Recognized And Quoted First Lines In All Of English Verse But Do You Have Any Idea How The Age Old Tale Of The Spider and the Fly Ends Join Celebrated Artist Tony DiTerlizzi As He Drawing Inspiration From One Of His Loves, The Classic Hollywood Horror Movies Of The S And S Shines A Cinematic Spotlight On Mary Howitt S Warning, Written To Her Own Children About Those Who Use Sweet Words To Hide Their Not So Sweet Intentions This is an amazing book The illustrations are fabulous Oh, yes, they are creepy Oh, yes, the story is one that will give you chills if you really think about it But, it is meant to be a cautionary tale, in the spirit of the unsanitized versions of Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel beware those who compliment you and offer you treats, for they may have evil designs on you It is totally icky and horrible and I wish we did not live in a world like that, but, well, kids, don t be the naive fly and end up eaten by the spider Of course, there is a time and place for exposing your children to this message Some children will no doubt be frightened of this tale Some will be able to handle it with no problem Just use your judgment I honestly didn t think I would like this book since I tend to prefer the cheerful, but the illustrations won me over becausethe illustrations are FANTASTIC I absolutely love the 1920s dark Hollywood atmosphere There are so many nifty touches here and there, and also some humor the ghosts of previous spider meals, for one The fly is just so gosh darn cute and wide eyed, she could be played by a young Debbie Reynolds okay, not that she was from the 20s, but Highly recommended, with the above cautions This book was not my cup of tea I don t like spiders, flies, or horror stories The award winning illustrations were too creepy, scary, ghoulish for my taste This one could have given me nightmares if I d had it read to me as a small child, but some children are much less sensitive The poem by itself is ok and fine for kids I guess I just disagree with most others about this book Most seem to think highly of it I definitely recommend it being screened before reading it to very young children. Oh, the comments by the spider at the end of the poem were rather amusing. AMAZING illustrations Wow LOVED this story about how the clever spider catches the stupid fly The spider wears the fly down through their conversation and association until he has subtly caught the fly in his trap. GREAT book for a discussion with children about dangers and listening to parents and the techniques used to get them to use drugs alcohol, get caught by a predator, etc.
Be warned everything about this one is dark and creepy. The Spider and the Fly is a beatifully haunting tale based on a poem by Mary Howitt and with gloomy illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi The story won a Caldecott Honor Award and is about how a creepy Vincent Price look alike spider tries to entice an innocent looking female fly to come to his parlor and the book also explains the consequences of falling for the flattering words of strangers who are a threat to you The Spider and the Fly is a great story that the whole family will enjoy, although small children might be creeped out by this book Mary Howitt writes a dazzling cautionary tale about how flattering words from a dangerous stranger can cause problems for the person who falls victim to the stranger s elegant compliments Mary Howitt displays this gothic story in a lyrical prose, same style as you would see in a Vincent Price movie Tony DiTerlizzi s illustrations are haunting and beautiful at the same time The highlighted illustrations are the images of the past victims of the Spider as they are shown as transparent ghosts and they also foreshadow what might happen to the female Fly if she is not cautious about the Spider s mysterious intentions about inviting her to his parlor Parents should know that the ending might worry small children I will not reveal what happens at the end, but if you know about The Spider and the Fly food chain scenario, then you might have a clue about what happens at the end of the book Parents should reassure their children that what happens at the end of the book is apart of the natural food chain of insects and even the Spider gives an afterword at the end of the book explaining about various spiders instincts and he even quotes about Charlotte being a predator in Charlotte s Web when she captures various insects for her meal The Spider and the Fly is a great story about how a tricky stranger s flattering words can be a downfall for young people who do not know the dangers of going near strangers that might have bad intentions, even though they are not aware of it The book also points out that it is good to be extremely cautious around people you do not know for you cannot tell their true intentions until it is too late This book will surely capitivate hearts of many children, but it issuitable for children ages six and older due to the vocabulary being a bit advanced for a younger child and due to the unfortunate ending that will scare off many young children. Review is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog The way into my parlour is up a winding stair And I have many curious things to show you when you are there. I still have to meet a librarian who can visit a foreign country without making at least a super quick dash into the second hand bookshops or local libraries he or she comes across I believe for most of us digging through shelves stuffed with never seen before titles or editions is an urge as compulsive as picking flowers in the forest is for Little Red Riding Hood. Last week my colleague returned from a week long trip to Ireland and slapped a battered something on my desk, that looked like a slightly misshaped record cover, saying possessively I ve brought something for you but just to look I gingerly picked up the scary looking black booklet with the glowing, white, scratchy letters on the cover and fell in love Under the grinning gaze of my fellow picture book connoisseur I turned the pages of Tony DiTerlizzi s The Spider and the Fly, squealed in happy delight again and again and pointed out all the little extras that make this all black and white illustration of the well known, moralistic poem written in 1829 by Mary Howitt so perfect The eerie, dark and dusty attic atmosphere The greasy, smoothly cajoling, fat spider who weaves his web of cunning compliments around the naive and vain, young fly with the half closed eyes and the cocky smile of a successful underground ruler, while elegantly resting his many watted house suit clad, spindly legs on a ladybug footstool The silly, but beautiful heroine herself She uses her four arms so coquettishly and bats her lashes under that pretty twenties hat She reminded me a little of Blanche DuBois in her hunger for attention and flattery And, most of all, the props The thimble wine glass, the soap box bed, the book titled The Joy of Cooking Bugs , the fly and spider themed wallpaper, the bottle cap mirror and, last but not least, the butterfly wings that stand in as a bedroom curtain Half hidden and wonderfully macabre Before I was finished answering the library s patrons e mails that morning I had nicked enough time to slip behinds well polished doors to order my own equally battered copy and felt very pleased with the way I had just spent my money. I have to admit, though, that I would not have been brave enough to revel in a story that quite unprettyfied shows a vain, yet lovable heroine stuck inside a heap of spider silk thirty years before I have been one of those kids who scream their heads off in an amusement park, because the tottering old kiddie train just passed a couple of grim looking wooden Indians, or who would not go to bed before their mother promised to permanently glue shut all the pages of the Struwwelpeter So, if your kid is as easily impressed or affected by nasty antagonists and gory details as my younger self had been, I suggest you savor this gloomy gem in secret.
Mary Howitt 12 March 1799 30 January 1888 was an English poet, and author of the famous poem The Spider and the Fly.She was born Mary Botham at Coleford, in Gloucestershire, the temporary residence of her parents, while her father, Samuel Botham, a prosperous Quaker of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, was looking after some mining property Samuel had married his wife Ann in South Wales in 1796, when