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Ben and the Spider Prince Hardcover – 28 Jun 2016
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'The Spider Prince is a wonderful sequel full of adventure and magic. A story about loyalty and friendship that will totally capture your child's heart' --Maria Grachvogel
'An amazing mix of fantasy and fairly normal schoollife makes this a must read for pre-secondary school youngsters. Brilliant!' --Books Monthly
About the Author
Angela Fish is a writer who specialises in intergenerational communication, women's writing and Welsh Writing in English. She gained her M.Phil in Literature at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) in 1995, and became a principal lecturer there until 2009. Her publications include non-fiction, fiction, short stories and poetry, often with Welsh and feminist themes, and she has worked with local schools and communities to improve communication between the generations. She has been in demand, nationally and internationally, as a conference presenter and an invited speaker in her field. She lives in Tonteg, Pontypridd, Wales. Her first children's book, Ben and the Spider Gate, was published by the Book Guild in September 2015.
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Once again, in this second book of a series, Fish has woven a magical tale with the themes of Nature and Wonder at the forefront of the story.
Drawing on folktales, Fish's adventure tale highlights the power of the feminine for good or evil. It is the grandmother in the story who is attuned to ancient ways, and who helps the boy hero, Ben, on his quest to help the Spider-Prince. Jess, Ben's companion, comes back into the story, after an absence, which teaches Ben that she is his equal and that he needs her. Ben and Jess triumph together against an adversary and it is is a victory shared.
This tale teaches children about the value of companionship, loyalty, trust, and gratitude. It also shows them that there is much to be learned from being around Nature and noticing the beauty of the world around us.
The older generation has wisdom to share with this generation growing up, and Fish shows children that there is more to this world than just the marvels of modernity and the technological age.
Spellbinding in its beauty and attention to detail, this clearly-written book, with appealing black and white illustrations, is a delight, and highly recommended!