SOMEONE SAW A SPIDER: Spider Facts and Folktales by Shirley Climo

SOMEONE SAW A SPIDER: Spider Facts and Folktales

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For the lover of spiders or the lover of folk tales, a feast of words and images. The spider, often maligned and feared, is celebrated here in its own book, beginning and ending with quotes from Charlotte's Web, with a host of tales, facts, and folklore in between. The volume is organized into nine sections; subjects range from spider charms and cures to spider friends and foes. Each includes one of the folk tales, fables, and myths from around the world, and a poem, bit of trivia, or list of spider facts or fancies. ""Spiders, Sun, and Showers,"" for example, lists ""old-time spider forecasts"" from America, such as ""When spiders spin their webs 'fore noon/Sunday weather's coming soon."" And Climo retells an American Indian myth, ""The Spider Brothers Make the Rainbow."" With wry humor, she relates the Achomawi tale of Coyote and his animal friends who ask Old-Man-Above to send back the sun after many moons of rain. But Old-Man-Above does not hear the animals, so they blow the Spider Brothers up into the sky to whisper in his ear. Old-Man-Above agrees that the earth is a bit damp, but dislikes being bothered with requests. He decides to create an all-clear signal so that from then on. the animals will know when the sun is returning. With a bit of imagining, the Spider Brothers dream up a rainbow (""a bright-striped fox tail"") to be hung in the sky, and all ends happily. Climo's collection is fact-filled and fun. For the true spider fan, a section of chapter notes and a bibliography are included. She is to be praised for her sparkling retellings, and Zimmer's black-and-white line drawings lend the perfect finishing touches to an enchanting book.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1985
Publisher: Crowell