Westly lives inside a glass menagerie high among the crystals of a chandelier. He is destined to follow in his father's footsteps and become the next king of the Monarch butterflies, but Westly is fearful of the responsibilities that lie ahead. And destiny can be a strange thing, especially when he emerges as a spider and not as the beautiful butterfly he had always envisioned he would be. Distraught by the possibility of being a disappointment to his father, Westly chooses to make his way down to the "dirt eaters," or "monsters" that live down on the ground. Westly soon finds that life on the ground is more dangerous then he envisioned and the same bugs that he mocked earlier are the ones who teach him some valuable lessons about himself.
Bryan Beus' Westly a Spiders Tale is a delightful story that combines detailed storytelling with lovely black and white illustrations very classic fable. In this case, insects set within the world of a glass menagerie and a moral message of accepting yourself for who you are. Actually, there are lots of different messages that can be interpreted from the story, not judging a book by its cover, that people might not always be as they seem and my favorite was "We don't always have control over what happens to us, but we do have control over how we choose to react. We have control over who we choose to be."
Favorite line "waterfalls trickled from leaf pools, and the stream they formed traveled all the way from the top of the chandelier down to its edge and then tumbled out of sight."
As a side note, there are some nice reader and discussion questions by Shadow Mountain Publishing here With a preview of the first few chapters at the authors website here.
Author Bryan Beus
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