Podcast #20: Sticky Stories for Family Read Aloud

The orb spider is back, weaving her sticky businesses just outside my front window. I cringe every October when these eight-legged creatures invade corners of my yard and set up housekeeping. I’ve never been able to manage spiders. They remain a creep factor in my life, inflicting horror to my psyche since childhood. 

Perhaps this phobia entrenched itself in me during a read-aloud session with Mother many years ago. She read to me a sticky story about a spider from one of her very favorite books—a treasure from her own childhood. 

I cherish memories of Mother sitting on the sofa with my sister and me flanking her sides. We looked expectantly into this well-worn book with yellowed pages and no illustrations other than sepia-toned portraits of the long dead poets who penned the words. We didn’t need illustrations. Mother’s voice tripped over the words as she read with drama and delight.

One of my favorite poems from the One Hundred and One Famous Poems collection is by Mary Howitt, her cautionary tale, The Spider and the Fly. Hence, my opening remarks in light of sticky spider webs and far-to-big spiders nesting outside my front window. I really identified with the little fly in the poem, not wanting to give in to the slick, tempting invitations of the spider to “come into my parlor.” Mother’s voice still rings in my ears with her varied voices for each character . . .

Click the PLAY button above to hear the full article in my podcast.


Miss Kathy performs the full length classic, The Spider and the Fly

Click below to read the full article in the October 2017 issue of RUBY Magazine.

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Click to add One Hundred and One Famous Poems to your family library.

Click to add The Spider and the Fly picture book

by Mary Howitt with illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Sharing Sticky Stories for Family Read Aloud this week with:

Pink Saturday
Classical Homemaking
Literacy Musing Mondays
Mostly Blogging Inspire Me Monday Linkup
Darling Downs Diaries: Good Morning Monday
Wise Woman Wednesday
Breakthrough Homeschooling Wednesdays
Encouraging Hearts and Home Hop Thursday
Booknificient Thursday
Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Katherine’s Corner

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. These would be great to listen to in the car. Thank you for contributing to Literacy Musing Mondays.

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