Be Nice to Spiders

by Margaret Bloy Graham

Hardcover, 1967



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Harper & Row (1967), Edition: Weekly Reader Children's Book Club


When Billy left his pet spider, Helen, at the Zoo, the animals suddenly became happy and contented. The lions snoozed all day long, the elephants enjoyed their baths, and the zebras ate their hay in peace -- all because Helen was spinning webs and catching flies.But one day Helen's webs were swept away. The Keeper had the cages cleaned for the Mayor's inspection tour. Soon the flies were back again and the animals were miserable once more. But not for long...Children will be fascinated and amused by the way Helen solved the problem and won a permanent place of honor for herself in the Zoo.Margaret Bloy Graham's pictures match the wit and charm of her delightful story.

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LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
I can't help but admire how nonchalantly this one wears its hypocrisy and self-interest on its shoulder--be nice to the spiders because they eat the flies; and as for the flies, f*ck them, they taste good.
LibraryThing member mhackman
A zookeeper finds a spider in a box outside of the gate. She escapes and spins many webs that catch the flies that bother the zoo animals. A nice story about the utilitarian value of spiders and why we should be kind to them.
LibraryThing member booschnoo
This is a good example of realistic fiction because it is something that could easily happen in real life.
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LibraryThing member megancoleman
This book is a clever way to teach kids to respect spiders, it teaches them they can be helpful.
LibraryThing member ht_storytime
Too predictable for older kids

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