[PW] A folktale about spiders

Kathleen Klocko kklocko at mclinc.org
Thu May 30 12:10:10 PDT 2019

Hi folks,

Does anyone recognize this tale? My patron read it in a kid's book over 50 years ago. She thinks it was Japanese, but it could be any nationality:

The story is set in a village where the spiders are very small during the day, but at night grow to monstrous proportions and devour the villagers. A hero shows up and spends many nights dealing with the giant spiders. He finally declares victory but the next morning, someone moves a board and finds a spider underneath, which they mash with their foot. The end.


Kathleen "Kay" Klocko
Head of Reference & Digital Literacy
Upper Dublin Public Library
215-628-8744 x3344 or x3334

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