Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
Walter, a fuzzy looking spider, wants to make a perfect web, but all of his webs are “wibby-wobbly.” As he tries to perfect his web, he creates different shapes, which each get blown away by the wind. Finally, he creates a web which combines all of the shapes, and as it glows in the moonlight it is wonderful!
Not only is this little story full of great alliterative w’s, it’s a great participatory book to read to a group of children. Hopgood uses a repetitive phrase, “Whoosh, went the wind,” which the children will love to say as they sweep their arms in a whooshing motion. (Be sure to encourage the motion, and the next time you lift your arm, they’ll know exactly when to chime in.) Another way to encourage participation occurs at each page turn. A slight pause gives the children time to announce the shape as you reveal it. I hope you’ll enjoy sharing this story, whether you read it to one or many children!