The Weaver
The Weaver
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Annotation: Stanley the spider must make a new start after rain comes and collapses the home he has spun and filled with his collection of seeds, twigs, leaves, and other precious items.
Catalog Number: #157252
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-541-51454-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-541-51454-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017053206
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
When rain wipes out spider Stanley's elaborate web and his collection of "precious things" woven into it, he's left with just a heart-shaped leaf...which is enough to inspire a new masterpiece. This story quietly champions stick-to-itiveness and finding beauty in the quotidian: in Shi's fastidious art, the web's found objects (a button, a pop-tab, etc.) are no less lovely than its natural elements.
Kirkus Reviews
A spider learns about the beauty of impermanence when his world is disrupted by the forces of nature.Stanley, an arachnid who is also a collector of "seeds, / twigs, leaves... // and all kinds of precious things he cannot name," has blown in on the wind and found the perfect home for a delightful collection of items. But when the rain and wind take apart the web he's woven to keep his things, he struggles to save his last leaf. In the end, he's left with nothing but a sad spider cry. "Stanley has lost everything. Hasn't he?" Industrious spider that he is, Stanley weaves a web re-creating the objects he lost just before he takes off again with the wind, leaving even his new creation behind. As a study in the graceful way to handle loss, Stanley's story carries a surprising amount of emotional heft, especially considering he is a black puffball with stick legs (all right, the big, cute eyes help). Animator Shi's illustrations are subtle, with gradient color backgrounds and a clever sense of motion, particularly in an opening spread showing spiders hitching rides on a gust of air.Stanley's story is beautiful and wise, and even if it means a very sad few moments as he collects himself, it's worth experiencing for younger readers, who may learn to rebuild and move on instead of mourning the next toy they lose. (Picture book. 4-9)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Stanley the spider is a weaver and a collector. He incorporates "seeds, twigs, leavesand all kinds of precious things" like a pink button, striped drinking straw, and a cork into his spectacular found-art web design. Stanley's world changes when a rainstorm collapses the tiny silk strands of his home. The besieged arachnid manages to save just one lone yellow leaf from his intricate structure. He tries to keep it safe and secure, but despite his best efforts, the wind eventually blows it away too. The spare, understated text has emotional heft: "Stanley has lost everything. Hasn't he?" Hanging by a thread, the woebegone spider's spindly legs droop and a tear falls from his googly eyes. He then figuratively and literally rebuilds. Shi's colorful, digitally enhanced illustrations show Stanley's new web, delicately woven with images of what he has left behind. Looking toward the future, the little spider "hitch[es] a ride on the wind again" and is off on another journey. VERDICT Fragility, strength, and creativity are eloquently conveyed in this affecting tale. A good storytime selection and discussion starter about resilience. Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont.
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School Library Journal (5/1/18)
Word Count: 134
Reading Level: 1.9
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195581 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD490L
Guided Reading Level: J

Stanley is a spider, a weaver and a collector. On his web he collects seeds, twigs, leaves and all kinds of precious things he cannot name. Stanley is very proud of his collection, but what can one tiny spider do when it is washed away? In this stunning, deceptively simple and thoughtful debut from animator, illustrator and writer Qian Shi we discover the difference between what you collect in the world and what you collect in your heart.

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