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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Gregory the Spider: Romping through the Year is a children’s picture book written by Cynthia Dreeman Meyer and illustrated by Marina Saumell. Gregory the Spider doesn’t have a favorite month; he loves them all. In this brightly colored and cheerful book that explores those things that make each month special, children and their caregivers will have the opportunity to find references to holidays, seasonal weather, and other exciting hidden treasures, including the cleverly disguised month that Gregory happens to be romping through on that page. Meyer includes a checklist in the back of her book to help readers make sure they haven’t missed anything important -- but there’s even more to be discovered by working with both the book and Meyer’s full list of items and their significance, which can be found on the website she lists on that page.
There’s a lot more to be had from reading Cynthia Dreeman Meyer’s children’s picture book, Gregory the Spider: Romping through the Year, than your usual children’s reading fare. Each page is a treasure house of facts, natural history and other items to delight and amaze. I began looking forward to the backpacks I found on several pages that had books with titles such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks’ Life, and Susan B. Anthony. Then there were the birds: a Snowy Owl, Bald Eagle and Pileated woodpecker -- and that’s just a small sample of the wonders of nature to be found in this deceptively slender book. Each page informs as it delights, and I can easily see young readers spending hours happily chasing the seasons with this marvelous and friendly spider. Gregory the Spider: Romping through the Year is most highly recommended.