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Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede

So cute! So creative! That is what I have to say about Lana Krumwiede’s story, Just Itzy.

Just Itzy focuses on our favorite spider, the Itzy Bitzy Spider. It is Itzy’s first day of spidergarten, and he wants to make sure that everyone knows that he hates being called Itzy Bitzy. He is a grown-up spider now, and he is insistent that he must be now called Itzy. To show that he is no longer Itzy Bitzy, Itzy heads off to prove himself grown. Naturally, things don’t go exactly the way he plans.

Lana Krumwiede’s story is fresh and engaging. The Itzy Bitzy Spider is a song-based story that everyone knows, so this new take is adorable. You will see a lot of the familiar story of Itzy Bitzy in Lana Krumwiede’s version; however, you will also fall in love with some new changes.

On top of including our beloved Itzy Bitzy’s original story, you will find multiple other “spider-based” fairy tales mixed in with Lana’s Krumwiede’s story. Throughout this text, there are allusions to Little Miss Muffit Sat on a Tuffet and the There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

If you are an elementary teacher, this a must-have for your teacher collection! I know that it is in my curriculum to teacher allusions and alternate fairy tales. This book hits those like a T! Plus, it is super cute, and students will love it.

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