Alyssa And The Spider (The Daydreams Collection)

Summary:

Ralphie's plan for the summer is pretty straight forward: television, television, and more television. He was NOT going to play dolls with his sister. When she asked for his help to get rid of a spider, Ralphie didn't see the big deal ... until Alyssa said the spider was getting ready to eat her. Really? A spider? How bad could it be?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A cute monster-spider and a rhyming story make this fun to share with kids.

Content Awareness Factors:

If you don't like books where kids seem to be unsupervised (like being able to watch TV all day), you will likely be disappointed with this book.


Little Kid Reaction

As soon as our daughter saw the spider with 12 eyes, she wanted to read this book. She enjoyed the story and has read it several times, but she has been more interested in learning the song on the CD. She has been quoting from it for days.

Big Kid Reaction

This is a cute story, and kids will instantly see themselves in Ralphie and Alyssa. The author presents an underlying message about watching too much television (or at least scary movies), but it will likely be lost on most readers interested in the book. There is nothing frightening in the book, but I wouldn't read it with kids under 6.

Type of Book:
This is a fantasy picture book about a brother and sister told in rhyme. It comes with a CD.
Educational Themes:

In addition to talking about your imagination gone wild, there are also themes of sibling responsibility, daydreams, and compromise.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 9
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a cute story. Because the CD offers both music and an audio reading of the story kids can "read" this book on their own, too.

Title Alyssa and the Spider
About

The Daydreams Collection

Author Alan St. Jean
Publisher Oren Village, LLC © 2009
Illustrators Libby Carrruth Krock
ISBN 0977727254
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.00
Genres Family, Poetry, Fantasy
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