Review: When Spider Met Shrew

Author: Deborah Kerbel
Illustrator: Geneviève Côté
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Ages 3-5

Spider is hungry and he builds a web to catch some food. But then a big gust of wind blows it away and so starts this lovely impossible book!

Spider is hungry and then he meets shrew, who just lost his home. They forge an agreement and plod on till they meet bat, who is lonely, and possum, who is scared, And so on.

The text in the book is simple, but drives home strongly several lessons: that everyone you meet faces their own struggles, that you’ll find friends in the most unlikely of places, that challenges met together are far more surmountable than if met alone, and that having a posse is just about one of the important things in life. 

Come as you are! Stay and be supported.

The illustrations in the book are really what took this book to the next level for me. You can see the book progress and the worry slip from each little creature’s face as they meet and join their new friends.

A charming addition to a young child’s library.

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My thanks to Groundwood Books for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.

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