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The First Adventures of Spider

West African Folktales
By Joyce Cooper Arkhurst (Trade Paperback, 2012)
In West Africa, children love to listen to stories about Spider. He is a clever and crafty character. He loves to eat and he hates to work, and he plays tricks that get him into trouble. But he tries to be good as much as he can, and he is always lots of fun! Spider stars in three short tales in this collaboration between Joyce Cooper Arkhurst and Caldecott-winning artist Jerry Pinkney, now abridged and redesigned for early readers (Passport to Reading, Level 4). Look for three more tales in The Further Adventures of Spider.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $3.99 US/$4.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316203814

    • On Sale Date: 05/01/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Trade Paperback, Trade Paperback

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In West Africa, children love to listen to stories about Spider. He is a clever and crafty character. He loves to eat and he hates to work, and he plays tricks that get him into trouble. But he tries to be good as much as he can, and he is always lots of fun! Spider stars in three short tales in this collaboration between Joyce Cooper Arkhurst and Caldecott-winning artist Jerry Pinkney, now abridged and redesigned for early readers (Passport to Reading, Level 4). Look for three more tales in The Further Adventures of Spider.

JOYCE COOPER ARKHURST is the author of The Adventures of Spider and More Adventures of Spider (published by Scholastic in 1980). She lives in New York City.

JERRY PINKNEY is one of children's literature's most time-honored artists. He has been illustrating children's books for over 40 years and has more than 75 books to his credit. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honor books and the winner of the Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and was nominated for the prestigious international Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
  • Praise for The Lion and the Mouse:
    "Pinkney has no need for words; his art speaks eloquently for itself." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • "A nearly wordless exploration of Aesop's fable of symbiotic mercy that is nothing short of masterful... Unimpeachable." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

  • "A classic tale from a consummate artist." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • "It will be a challenge for libraries to make every gorgeous surface available, but it's a challenge worth taking on." (The Horn Book, starred review).

  • "This is a stunning tour de force." (Children's Literature).

Product Details

The First Adventures of Spider
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $3.99 US/$4.50 CAN
  • Pages: 32
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316203814
  • On Sale Date: 05/01/2012
The First Adventures of Spider