I have to admit, most of the vintage books I purchase never make it into the shop. They are intercepted by my daughter who adopts them as her own. One of these books we have been enjoying recently is Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham. You may recognize her name from the Harry the Dirty Dog series (here) which she collaborated on with her then husband Gene Zion. She also wrote and illustrated the Benjy series (see here and here).
The zookeeper cannot understand why the animals are so miserable, when just days before they were happy and contented. The only animals that seem to be happy are the camels. Upon closer observation, they discover Helen in the corner of the cage and come to the realization that "Spiders are useful."
Our copy of this book may never make it to Etsy, but lucky for you you can find one here and here. Happy reading friends!