Spider's Gift - A Christmas Story
Spider's Gift - A Christmas Story

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Marshall, Geraldine Ann 

Pauline Books & Media 



Spider's Gift: A Christmas Story

About this Book:

A Christmas tale to enchant the child in all of us (but especially meant for children ages 4-6) Spider's Gift tells the story of how everyone has something valuable to offer the baby Jesus, as long as it's offered with love.

Author and zoologist Geraldine Ann Marshall spins this newest addition to the PaulineKids Tales and Legends series that includes a story, a prayer, and pages of facts and folklore about spiders.

Unlike other children's Christmas books, Spider's Gift tells the story of the nativity from the viewpoint of its tiniest participants: the cricket, the honeybee, and the spider. Read it together with your child and start a new family Christmas tradition!

Features & Benefits:

  • Provides children 4-6 with a Christian alternative to Rudolph the Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman
  • Provides historical insight into the Communist revolution
  • Animal-related twist to the Christmas story with a strong Christian message
  • Contains a prayer and a section of facts and folklore about spiders written by an author/zoologist
  • Teaches children how beloved they are and helps them appreciate their intrinsic value




About the Author:

Geraldine Ann Marshall writes books for both children and adults. She has a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Kentucky. The mother of two grown daughters, Geraldine lives in a house in the woods near Paducah, Kentucky. She shares her home with lots of wildlife, including honeybees, crickets, and even a few friendly spiders.

Rebecca Sorge loves telling stories and drawing pictures, so becoming an illustrator made perfect sense. Rebecca currently lives and works in Utah, where she enjoys creating art for children's books, magazines, posters, cards, and anything else people will let her draw on.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"This is a fictional Christmas tale with a message reminding young children that all creation, no matter how small, has a gift to share. "

-Regina Lordan, The Monitor Newspaper of Trenton, NJ Catholic Diocese

"The book is inspirational and imaginative with lots of dialogue and text"

-Catholic Library World

Product Details:

Binding: Hardcover

Trim size: 6¼ x 7½ inches

Pages: 40

Teachers, below are our suggestions for accelerated reading tests. Kindly recommend Spider's Gift: A Christmas Story as an accelerated reader title to the Accelerated Reader Program that you use most.

Reading Level: Grades 3-5 (Ages 9-11):

Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level of Questions: 5.0

Questions for Accelerated Readers:

    • 1) Who was born in the stable?

      a. Baby Jesus

      b. Spider

      c. Honeybee

    • 2) What was Spider's gift to Jesus?

      a. A toy

      b. A big web

      c. A cake

    • 3) Who helped Spider make her web?

      a. God

      b. Honeybee

      c. Grasshopper

      Product Details:

      Keywords: Christmas story, Baby Jesus, manger story, animals at manger, children's Christmas tale, Christian Christmas story


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