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About the author:
Valerie Harmon graduated with a BA in English and teaches writing and Shakespeare. At the end of the school year she directs a Shakespeare play that her students perform. She's a voracious reader, a free-lance editor, blogger and Mom to six children. She lives in the Western United States with her children, husband, and more books than bookshelves.

The Spider Who Wanted to Be a Cricket

A Wantstobe Book

Authored by Valerie Harmon
Illustrated by Carol Stevens
Edition: 1

A spider is scared of the dark and can't wait for the sun to rise. Her solution? Ask for the help of a musical cricket. This decision sends her on a quest of difficulty and a surprising new friendship. Spider accepts every challenge and funny mishaps occur as she strives to reach her goal.

While many children's books follow the theme "Be content with who you are," the Wantstobe collection focuses on how "Accomplishing hard things is worth it." Using imaginative metaphor, this book reveals the changes that occur when tough obstacles are overcome to reach a goal. But most children don't think about the metaphor, they just enjoy the story, make up their own impossible animals, and view hard work and goal setting more positively.

Each book in the series is unique in its main character, setting and obstacles, the pattern of goal setting, overcoming problems through sheer grit, and a magical ending is repeated. The illustrations are in bright vivid color whether depicting animals in a jungle, a forest or a swamp.

This book is fun as a read aloud to children ages 2-7 and self read for most children ages 7-10.

Publication Date:
1502964252 / 9781502964250
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 8.5"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.

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