A persnickety, stay-at-home bear is pushed beyond his comfort level by a bold and creative arachnid.
Spider has made a new kite, and he begs his friend Bear to come outside and play. Bear has other plans, namely “a tidy day at the house, followed by a nice cup of tea in his cozy chair.” But the wind snatches the kite away from Spider, so Bear grudgingly agrees to help Spider find it. Everything in the forest that delights Spider is anathema to Bear. He does not like the “filthy ground,” the “itchy plants,” and the “pesky bugs all around” (Spider especially likes them). While Bear grumbles, Spider enjoys all the new sights and sounds of the forest. Eventually both friends are exhausted and deterred by the weather, which has turned nasty. They still haven’t found the kite. Just as they are about to give up, they spy the kite high up in a tree. Finally Bear gets his cup of tea, and the friends compromise by flying two kites comfortably from chairs in the garden. Grant’s soft, muted crayon-and-ink illustrations, full of rounded shapes, complement the warm comforting tone of the story, and the text is clearly laid out and should be easily read by beginning readers as well as grown-ups. Spider is adorable, composed of two ocher globes with stubby, unthreatening legs, wide eyes, and a button hat.
A cozy tale of friendship and compromise between two very different creatures. (Picture book. 3-5)