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Miss Spider's Tea Party (Miss Spider)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  2,964 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 4/1/1994 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1994)
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Sep 25, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bug fans, those seeking counting boks
I liked this better than the original "Miss Spider" story but I doubt I will continue the series. Despite the tea party theme (I do so love tea parties!), I just was not captivated. I am sure David Kirk's vibrant, fun illustrations will appeal to many, they just are not my cup of tea (no pun intended). Still, this is a nice counting book (up to twelve) and presents a good message about not being afraid of someone simply based on appearances or preconceived notions.
May 30, 2015 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harper-read
I liked the bright illustrations, but the girl had a hard time sitting still for the entire thing. I thought she would like counting the bugs. Maybe we'll try this one again when she's older.
Caren Nelson
Aug 28, 2011 Caren Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We LOVE this childrens book! The story is a charming parable for our time--don't judge a book by it's cover. Miss Spider just wants to have tea with friends, but everyone assumes she wants to EAT them with her tea! The pages are gorgeous (including the way the paper feels, I know, I'm weird) and the illustrations are vibrant and just a little quirky. I love the poetry of the story as well. One kids book I could read a million times and I still love it just as much!
Apr 06, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems no one wants to be invited to Miss Spider's Tea Party, after all, what self-respecting insect could hope to escape alive? Yet, Miss Spider persists in her invitation throughout this fun Memorable Animal tale. The colorful, full page, illustrations are coupled with rhyming text. The variety of characters, a different number of each on every succeeding page, surely speak in different voices making this picture book ideal for storytime. Children will enjoy finding and counting out the diff ...more
Miss Spider's Tea Party is a clever tale of spider who only wants to invite some fellow bugs over for tea. However, the bugs are cautious - thinking they will be caught in Miss Spider's web and eaten. Colorful illustrations reveal that Miss Spider might not be what they believe. Children will enjoying counting the bugs throughout the story.
Eagle Heights2
Oct 10, 2011 Eagle Heights2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You will like Miss Spider's Tea Party because of the illustrations at the end. My favorite detail is the how they are friends and they will always be together. If you like bugs you will like this book. Ella
Julie Grasso
Mar 22, 2015 Julie Grasso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought this was delightful and the 3.5 year old also loved it. The illustrations alone are wonderful and the rhyme is great. Recommend
Oct 16, 2016 Ike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter loves the illustrations and I really like the moral behind this story. I'll definitely read it to her again.
Oct 29, 2014 Miri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Spider wants to have a tea party but all the bugs are afraid of her.
Oct 29, 2014 Farhana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is another interesting read that I found. David Kirk writes about a spider who wants to have tea with someone and is looking to make some friends. The book introduces a spider who is comfortably brewing up some tea and looking outside of her web to see if she could enjoy this with new friends. The reason why I enjoyed this book is because it had a lovely rhyme to it which made the pace of the book quite fast and I was able to see the story develop. The story continues by portraying the spid ...more
Alicia Rotter
Feb 06, 2015 Alicia Rotter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Spider just wants to have some tea with her and, given the reputation of spiders, none of the other insects want to join her. One rainy day, a moth with wet wings comes by Miss Spider's home and is graciously brought back to health. He spreads the good news to his bug friends and they all join Miss Spider for tea to happily find out she eats flowers only and not little insects like them. This book is a fun reminder to get to know those around you. Also, to stay positive when those around yo ...more
Margaret Chind
Oct 28, 2012 Margaret Chind rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press First Grade
"Miss Spider's Tea Party" was the first book selection in Week 1 for Memoria Press First Grade's Enrichment Literature list. First my budding reader (AppleBlossom is five years and 11 days old) flipped through and looked at the pictures and asked why Miss Spider looked sad. We discussed how reading the words would let us know why. So we read, and we counted, we rhymed, and we discussed. I do enjoy the vibrant illustrations, and I loved reading about how David Kirk went from toy store entrepreneu ...more
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
We got this book as a birthday present when my son Sasha turned five. It has been a favorite of ours ever since and we have read it many times though the years. Twice it has been saved at the last minute from the "to get rid of" pile from my husband!

The book was written and drawn by the same person: David Kirk.

I love the illustrations which are oil on paper and have a zany twist as if they were spray painted on with a three dimensional roundness quality because some things are in better focus t
Aug 28, 2013 Walida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The pictures are vibrant and beautiful. The text in this book lends itself to a dramatic reading experience. The vocabulary is easy enough to understand for Preschoolers. There is a counting element incorporated into the text. It teaches children about sharing, kindness, and friendship, and promotes social and emotional development. I recommend this book for all class rooms.

LE/extensions: Reading Time

Read the story aloud remembering to use your best “spidery” voice! . Read it through without sto
Alexis Jennings (ASU)
In the story, a spider discovers the challenge of making a friend. This lonely spider decides if she had friends, she would serve them cake and tea. As Miss Spider searches to find guests for her special tea party, she finds that her good intentions are not understood by her peers. Beetles, fireflies and bumblebees were all invited to the party, although they didn't feel they'd care to be a spider's meal. After many rejections, one tiny rain drenched moth will give Miss Spider a chance.

The colo
Feb 21, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Miss Spider's Tea Party is a book about different insects coming to a tea party hosted by a very friendly lady spider.
The book has bright and colourful illustrations of different types of insects. The book uses counting and maths, the insects start with one and increase each time (1 spider, 2 beetles, 3 fireflies)
The book could be used for science as it identifies different insects.
The story teaches moral values that we should not judge others by appearance and reputation and that we should ma
Oct 28, 2013 Nyna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Miss Spider’s Tea Party. I know it is a counting book, but I always thought the numbers just made it flow better. The flow breaks for the little moth, but it is an important development in the story, and I don’t think the story is just for counting. The numbers seem to mean too little for that to be true. I also like the color choices in the pictures. Everything to do with Miss Spider is bright and cheery, while everything to do with the bugs that won’t have tea with her is a darker color ...more
Jayme Taylor
In this story Miss Spider hosts a tea party in hopes of making friends. No other bugs want to attend miss spiders tea party, because they are afraid of being eaten. However when the other bugs learn of Miss spiders kind actions, they decide to attend her tea party after all.

This E-book is a great read for children. It teaches a good lesson about friendship, and kindness. There is an interactive app additional to the book, which serves as a resource for children. The illustrations which are disp
Maria Armenta
Nov 27, 2014 Maria Armenta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Spider and Holley explore other car lots (including Meg's Wings n' Things) and encounter a few near misses, but all ends well thanks to the help of benevolent Moth Sue.
The book's clever and original verse is laced with subtle ironies that won't be lost on you or your little ones; in the first spread, for example, a note arrives "snail mail," because the postal carrier is a snail.
It presents softly the mystery of attraction, devotion and pairing between individuals who from outward appeara
Tracey Melcher
Poor Miss Spider only wants to have a lovely tea party with the other insects, but, although she eats only flowers, she cannot convince any of them to join her. However, after showing kindness to a troubled moth (and not her desire to eat him) Miss Spider finally enjoys the tea party she has always wanted with her many new friends. Miss Spider’s Tea Party, told in the form of a narrative poem, is a great introduction to rhyming verse as well as number concepts from one to twelve. Kirk uses rich ...more
Ashley Stone
This book is about Miss Spider attempting to make friends with other insects in her area. But since she’s a spider, everyone is afraid of her. Miss Spider offers them all cake and tea but they all run or fly away in fear. Eventually, a moth who can’t fly because of his wet wings has no choice but to stay and after realizing Miss Spider is harmless, he goes back to tell all of his friends. That’s when they all realize that they were wrong about Miss Spider. This is another book by David Kirk and ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Spider's Tea Party is a story about a bug with human features (fantasy) that upon meeting other bugs scares them quite a bit, but when it starts raining, she takes care of those in need and wins the trust of the other bugs. She ends up having her tea party after all on her web even though the other bugs are scared, but once they see she is only eating bouquets and drinking tea, they become friends with her.

This story was an interesting read as an ebook because I read it a few times as a kid
For the most part this book is rather depressing. Nobody wants to join Miss. Spider for her tea party because she is a spider. Then towards the end one moth realizes that she is not a mean spider. He tells all of his friends and they go to her tea party. Here they see that she only eats flowers and drinks tea. Miss. Spider is happy because she has finally made some new friends. I really liked the rhyming in this book. I think this would be a good book to teach kids about different insects, and h ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tch_lrn-307
I just have to add this one to my reviews list because it is so good. I have been scared of spiders my entire life and this book helped me become less scared. This story is about Miss Spider and her confusion towards insects and people being scared of her when they come in contact. She throws a tea party and invites her friends and everyone who is scared of her to show that she is not a bad, mean, or scary creature. I think this book is so good for young readers. I think many people can relate t ...more
What starts off as a scary book for small children, turns into a charming, rhyming book. A book about spiders can start off on the wrong foot of eight spidery feet! And to think of accepting a spider's invitation to tea, causes fear to rise at the thought of cobwebs and traps for unsuspecting attendees. As the story progresses, the book turns out to be a counting book as well. The progressive numbers are cleverly hid within the storyline, "two timid beetles, three fireflies, four bumblebees," et ...more
Tayler Drayton
Nov 14, 2013 Tayler Drayton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oil-painting
Miss spider was my favorite story to just look at the illustrations for. They are so rich and brilliant! The best ones so far in my book. I loved the vocabulary in this book and the meaning of the whole story. The fact that this book tries to teach children to be accepting of everyone no matter what the look like is amazing and such a creative way to do so.

learning experience- you can help children learn the importance of "not judging a book by its cover". Have the children become each insect by
Stacey Learst
I really liked this book . The book had many lessons for the kids , such as counting, friendship , sharing , trust , and rhyming different words. I felt the book had rich vocabulary and the lessons were presented in a fun and child inviting friendly way . I would recommend this to read to the children as I enjoyed it very much .

Learning Extension:
You could have a lesson talking about bugs and their behaviors, and what bugs interact and don't interact with each other . Have children draw pictures
Jan 04, 2012 Luann rated it liked it
This is cute, but since I like The Spider and the Fly so much, it feels like the bugs in this story are very smart not to trust the spider. So in the end it just feels wrong when they all sit down to tea.

This would be a fun one to pair with The Spider and the Fly and then have students do a compare/contrast activity of the two books. The text and rhyming scheme would make this a fun read-aloud, and very young children would enjoy counting the bugs on each page. I really like David Kirk's color-
Miss Spider wants a friend to share tea with, but all of the other insects are afraid of her. She counts the insects as they pass by and beg them to stay, but no one will. She even has a table set beautifully for tea service, but not one bug will stay!

As she sits, crying over 10 full cups of hot tea, a drenched moth, unable to fly, lands on her web. Initially the moth is terrified, but of course Miss Spider is over joyed. She invites him to sit and dry off and the two share tea and snacks. Once
Miss Spider's Tea Party is about a spider lady who wants company for tea. It starts with her asking two beetles. They are afraid of her because she is a spider and she has a bad reputation. The book continues, adding numbers of items as it goes, with insects turning down her tea party offer. Finally, a wet moth lands and she offers him a warm cloth. Once he realizes she is nice he tells all of his friends and she has a big tea party.

I really liked the meaning and the pictures in this book. I th
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David Kirk is the creator of children's books that follow the character Miss Spider. Before writing books, he made colorful toys that were sold in hand-painted boxes. He was urged to write children's books when his toys caught the interest of a book packager. It wasn't difficult to figure out what he would use as characters in his stories: his daughter, Violet, had a liking for bugs.
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