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The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
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The Spider and the Fly

by Mary Howitt

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This poem tells the story of a spider who lures a fly into his parlor. The spider's sweet words make the fly feel at ease, but little does the fly know that he intended to be dinner.
  mmoga | Aug 16, 2018 |
This poem is about the dangers of people who lure you in with good-sounding words, whose intentions are not good at all. The author uses the metaphor of a spider trying to lure a fly into his web.
  steffsweet | Mar 7, 2018 |
This book is about a spider who lives in a big parlor that is known to be haunted. He invited the fly in, trying to capture her. She is weary at first, but eventually gives in to his kind words and finds herself stuck in his web. ( )
  aswilley16 | Feb 18, 2018 |
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: This is a story about a spider and a fly. The spider is trying to catch the fly to eat and has to talk her into coming into his web. At the end, the fly dies.
Use in classroom: It would be a good story to read during Halloween, although it is kind of sad for younger kids. It could also be used for rhyming.
Age appropriateness: Intermediate
  mdalbeck15 | Dec 7, 2017 |
Summary: This poetic story begins with the spider trying to draw the innocent little fly inside deeper and deeper inside his home. The fly seems to be aware in the beginning that once someone visits the spider, they do not come back. The spider tries to charm her the best he can, but the fly still does not fall for his tricks.When the fly leaves, the spider knows the fly was going to come back so he spun a web to eat her. The fly did come back and the spider cunningly caught the fly with flattery and she was never seen again.

Personal: I like the message this sends to children that you should never trust a stranger. The illustrations are creepy and it is an excellent cautionary tale. "Will you walk into my parlor?"is iconic and as is this story.

Classroom Extension:
1. Make a spider web out of tape and have students stick some kind of literary element to the web.
2. Use this book during Halloween and educate them on trick or treat safety.
  KatherineMoon | Jul 25, 2017 |
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Janice M. Del Negro (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November 2002 (Vol. 56, No. 3))
Oh, the poor inexperienced country fly! What chance does she have against the suave maneuverings of an arachnid seducer? Why, none at all, despite the attempted ghostly warnings of the Spider’s previous meals. DiTerlizzi’s reimagining of Howitt’s nineteenth-century cautionary poem is an illustrative tour de force, a stylistic homage to Gorey, Rackham, and Addams; the black-and-white illustrations have a junior-high-appealing slickness yet remarkable depth and detail, from border ornamentation to ironic visual touches. A Gothic dollhouse within the dusty attic of a Gothic mansion makes a clever scene for the Spider’s dastardly doings, and the depiction of the characters is imaginative as well. The oily-haired, mustachioed Spider (sort of a combination of Clark Gable and Peter Lorre) is the archetypal villain, a picture of sartorial splendor who changes costume from satin smoking jacket to tuxedo to great coat and top hat. The flapper fly has big innocent eyes, gauzy wings, and, ultimately, a too trusting demeanor: in the end she takes her place alongside Spider’s other ghostly victims. A concluding missive from Spider himself warns against expecting carnivores to go against their nature; brief bios of author Howitt and illustrator DiTerlizzi are appended. Masterful drafting and artful composition combine in this spookily sophisticated picture book that offers a macabrely funny look at trusting even the most persuasive of strangers. Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2002, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2002, Simon, 36p, $16.95. Grades 4-7.
added by kthomp25 | editThe Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Janice M. Del Negro (Nov 1, 2002)
 
Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2002 (Vol. 70, No. 13))
Will you walk into my parlor?' / said the Spider to the Fly." Howitt's 1829 cautionary poem is realized here in full cinematic fashion. Delightfully ghoulish full-bleed black-and-white spreads are rendered in gouache and pencil, and reproduced in silver-and-black duotone, resulting in images that recall the slightly fuzzy-edged figures from old black-and-white horror movies. The typeface and occasional framed text pages heighten this effect by evoking silent-movie titles. The setting is a dustily gothic attic in which DiTerlizzi's (Alien and Possum: Friends No Matter What, p. 494, etc.) "camera" never rests, zooming in, out, up, and down in a dazzling series of perspectives as a top-hatted and bespatted spider romances a naïve flapper fly. Her protestations in the face of his overtures grow ever weaker, and despite the warnings of the ghostly figures of past victims (one brandishes a knife and fork while another points urgently at The Joy of Cooking Bugs), she goes to her inevitable doom. The illustrations embrace the primness of the poem-the wide-eyed fly is the very picture of a bygone innocence-but introduce a wealth of detail that adds a thick layer of humor. Aside from the aforementioned ghosts, evidence of the spider's predilections abounds: in his parlor, he relaxes with his feet up on a very dead ladybug stool with X's for eyes. A tongue-in-cheek "letter" from the spider follows the poem, in which he exhorts readers to "be advised that spiders are not the only hunters and bugs are not the only victims." This cautionary intrusion serves to explicate the metaphor for concretely minded readers, but the message is not likely to diminish their pleasure in the grisly doings one bit. 2002, Simon & Schuster, $16.95. Category: Picture book. Ages 5 to 9. Starred Review
added by kthomp25 | editKirkus (Jul 1, 2002)
 

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DiTerlizzi, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shuttleworth, CathieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly
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So what does all this talk of spiders and traps have to do with you? Be warned, little dears, and know that spiders are not the only hunters and bugs are not the only victims.
Unfortunately, as long as there's dishonesty in the world, there will be people ready to lay traps for us. We must learn to recognize them and guard against their wiles. Not everyone who talks sweetly offers sweets. (William Bennett's introduction to the poem in the Moral Compass)
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An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689852894, Hardcover)

"'Will you walk into my parlor,'

said the Spider to the Fly..."

is easily one of the most recognized and quoted first lines in all of English verse. But do you have any idea how the age-old tale of the Spider and the Fly ends? Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he -- drawing inspiration from one of his loves, the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s -- shines a cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt's warning, written to her own children about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.

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