The first literature that many American children come into contact with consists of Mother Goose rhymes. One of the very familiar ones is "Little Miss Muffet."Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey;When along came a spider, who sat down beside her, And frightened Miss Muffetaway.
Bowen, Dorothy N., "Spiders in African Children's Stories" (2004). Curriculum and Instruction Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Paper 21.