You might have noticed that whole Halloween event that happens around this time of year.... kids (& some adults) in costumes; candy addictions at tipping point; maybe the odd costume emergency (aka tantrum)...
So much fun it's borderline ridiculous....but there's also that whispering sigh of relief from many that it's over for another year.
Here in the library for Halloween, I shared one of our books from home - a favorite with my own boys, the classic The Spider & the Fly.
This is a really special book as not only is it a tale that has history (written in 1829 by Mary Howitt), it still has messages relevant today: namely don't trust giant spiders who try to woo you... which could be translated into: be careful of strangers (especially the kind with 8 legs).
This particular version of Howitt's tale is illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicles author) & the illustrations are magnificent. Dark, detailed, full of nooks & cranny's that add layer after layer to the story.
While the language can be a challenge (words like "parlor" & "looking glass", "ne'er"), our Reed students mastered these with little help & it was magical to see them appreciating both the language & the message of the story despite its unfamiliarity.
I hope all of you enjoyed the festivities this Halloween & kept safe - be sure to check out my October newsletter too!
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