Continually in print since its original publication in 1964, The Adventures of Spider is a favorite collaboration between Joyce Cooper Arkhurst and Caldecott-winning artist Jerry Pinkney that showcases Pinkney's playful, stylized early work as a children's book illustrator. Now abridged and divided into two separate volumes (The First Adventures of Spider and The Further Adventures of Spider) this second volume includes three more abridged stories from the original work: "How the World Got Wisdom", "Why Spiders Live in Dark Corners", and "How Spider Helped a Fisherman". The stories are just right for Passport to Reading Level 4 early readers who want more stories about Spider, the witty, mischievous, and clever hero of West African folklore.
Praise for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:
* "In Pinkney's sumptuous elaboration of the familiar lullaby, a chipmunk's nighttime odyssey takes on the same epic scope as his Caldecott winning The Lion and the Mouse.... Another superb outing from a fixed star twinkling in the children's literature firmament."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "From jacket to cover to endpapers, every element in the book contributes to the dreamlike vision of a curious adventurer exploring the natural world.... This evocative picture book offers a rewarding reading experience at bedtime, or any time."
—Boolist, starred review
Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at jerrypinkneystudio.com.