The Spider and the Fly

Author: Mary Howitt

Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 

Publication Date: 2002

Genre: Alphabet, Animals, Picture Book, Poetry, Fable

Audience: Pre-K-2

Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s Books, Beehive Award Master List (UT)

Overview: A haunting tale, based on a 1800’s poem by Mary Howitt, about a devious spider who coerces an innocent little fly into his parlor of no return. The illustrations in black and white provide details about the story that would not otherwise be known.

Activity: This fable could be used around Halloween, as a light horror story.  You could then have students write their own horror story.  Have students share their stories with the rest of the class. 

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen