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The Very Busy Spider [Board book]

Eric Carle
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Jan. 17 2002
A board book edition of the best-selling story features thermographic pages and a raised spider web children can feel for themselves, which complement the book's colorful collages and easy, rhythmic text.

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The Very Busy Spider + The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book + Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
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Every young child should be introduced to this story, as great a classic as its predecessor, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This colorful picture book describes a spider's day. Blown onto a farmyard fence, she starts to spin a web. The other animals ask if she wants to play, but in every case "the spider didn't answer. She was very busy spinning her web." The book is touchable: elements including the strands of web are embossed on the pages and you can follow them with your fingertips. But the best thing by far is Carle's familiar, yet still breathtaking skill as an illustrator. Especially in this large 11.5-by-8.5-inch format, his cow, goat, and dog (just to mention three favorites) capture the essence of each animal in a way few artists can hope to approach. (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Mice, a rottweiler, an arachnid and a few other assorted critters make sturdy reappearances in five board book versions of picture books. In Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint, "three white mice on a white piece of paper" enjoy a colorful romp, while in Walsh's Mouse Count a similar gaggle narrowly escapes being served for dinner (Harcourt/Red Wagon, $6 each, 28p, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-15-200265-0; -200266-9 Sept.). Yet another mouse searches the animal kingdom for companionship?and finds an unexpected respondent?in Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend? (HarperFestival, $6.95, 32p, ages 2-6, ISBN 0-694-00709-9 Sept.). The rewards of industriousness are celebrated in a second Carle title, The Very Busy Spider; its embossed web brings a tactile dimension to his familiar collage artwork (Philomel, $9.95, 26p, ages 2-up ISBN 0-399-22919-1 Aug.). Finally, the canine in question is Alexandra Day's beloved Carl, who takes charge of a crew of toddlers in Carl Goes to Day Care (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $5.95, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-374-31145-5 Sept.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute March 2 2004
This is a cute story about a spider who drops in on a farm. All the farm animals greet her and invite her to play. But the spider spends the day building her web instead. The book is fun and informative, and not at all scary. The pages are doubled so they are easy to turn, but be careful, because inquisitive little fingers may reach inside the pages and rip them. The book has about 350 words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Busy Spider March 24 2001
Yes, this book is about a spider but what it does is teach your child through enjoyment. This has been my son's favorite book since he knew what a book was and he is now age five. I even had to get the board book so he could take it everywhere, as I know I have sat down on the kitchen floor, outside on the driveway, in the middle of the supermarket because it was time to read the spider book. My son has two older sisters' who also did enjoy this book but I see the difference between girls and boys. A book my son never could sit still and listen he had to get up and mock each animal and sound. This is not just for the youngest child as my daughters learned to read and it is a great early reading book. My son has this memorized and does read it to all his friends and preschool class. This is just another wonderful book by Eric Carle. The author who has the most extraordinary way, of teaching the youngest child about life and all through his wonderful pictures! Thank-you Eric Carle for the many hours my children have enjoyed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for toddlers March 27 2000
Format:Board book
My two-year-old and I love this book. It's about a spider who blows in, lands on a fence post, and spends the entire day building a web. She keeps working as various animals tempt her to do other things. At the end of the day, she catches a fly in her web and then falls asleep, tuckered out from her busy day. This book has several things going for it. First, it is a very simple narrative, making it one of the first stories that your child will be able to understand. Second, it is repetitive. Toddlers LOVE repetition and it is good for them. It helps them stay focused on the story, and gives them a chance to "read" something themselves, because they will naturally recite the repetitive bits as you come to them. Last of all, this book has several animals and the noises they make--very important for that fund of knowledge you are building. Oh, and I forgot the kicker: The spider web is made of some sort of 3D glue, making it tactile. My son loves running his fingers along it. I would have given this book 5 stars, but I love Carle's THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR even more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I consider this a classic! May 21 2002
By apoem
Format:Board book
While a spider weaves her web, animals of the farm come and ask her to play. The spider is too busy spinning her web. Adorable.
Several things make this book a true winner. First the repitition. The repitition is an excellent way for pre-readers and early reader to learn to read. (A whole language approach, but it gives kids some success.) Second, the tactile approach- as the spider spins her web you can feel the strings of the web and the fly that is buzzing around. This is a fun book to read and my son loves to touch the pages. The illustrations are adorable.
When I taught Kindergarten I always had a unit worked up around this book. There are so many creative and fun things you can do for activities and learning with this book. Now that I'm at home with my kiddos, we still do many of these fun things after we read this book. We made spiderwebs out of glue on black paper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Very Busy Spider Oct. 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Board book
This book is about a spider that is spinning its web while alot of animals came and ask it to play.
The moral of the book is that after your done working you can have fun. It is a good book for young kids because it has colerful pictures and it teaches about spiders and what they do.
I woul say the age rating is 3 to 6.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated story for young children. July 10 2000
Format:Board book
I love this story of the determined spider who is blown on a fence and begins to weave her web, too busy to play with the other animals. She catches her fly at the end. The typical farm animals are represented and young children will be able to identify the animals by the pictures and can make the noises of the animals portrayed. The web can be felt with the fingertips, although my son was never and is still not impressed with this feat, although his mother is. Eric Carle is a masterful illustrator and story teller. If you have never read his books to young children and seen the fascination of a 2 year old sitting and waiting for the page to be turned, you are missing out. He does not have one bad book. His illustrations are stunning. We have a LOT of books at our house and this one is chosen at least once a week for a bedtime story. Highly highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautifully spun tale! Aug. 22 2001
By A Customer
what an amazing book. as usual, eric carle's illustrations are outstanding, and the text is simplistic and includes animals that all children can identify with. the story features a spider who gets blown onto a fence post located on a farm. there she begins to spin her web (which is embossed on the page and allows the child to feel the story)and is tempted by many of the farm animals to stop. she however, continues to busily craft her magnificent web in the end catching her fly and falling fast asleep. the book is so perfect for toddlers that my two year old can now read the book to me! this is a must have for any child's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Use this for my Reading Program for ages 3-5 year olds.
This is a great book for young children.
I would recommend this book.
I use this book quite often in the library.
Published 17 months ago by Marianne
4.0 out of 5 stars silent
I liked this book but it was too short. I mostly liked this book because of the spiders web you get to feel. I wouldn't mind reading it again.
Published on Dec 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for ALL ages!
We started reading this book to our 5 month old son and he loved it from the beginning! Every page has a different animal with the specific noises each animal makes. Read more
Published on March 16 2003 by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Favorite
Lovely book with all the barnyard friends. Great way to get your child to participate by having them make the animal sound. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2002 by Barbara J. French
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
I would give it a 5, but it is a pitty that it is a little book. It is ok for a one to one basis, but it looses a bit when working with it in a classroom. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by Rismi
4.0 out of 5 stars The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider is a great book for kids. Ilove it because it just focuses on what a spider does in one day. Spinds the web, spinds the web, spinds the web, etc. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by Pamela Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider is a great book for kids. Ilove it because it just focuses on what a spider does in one day. Spinds the web, spinds the web, spinds the web, etc. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by Pamela Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider is a great book for kids. Ilove it because it just focuses on what a spider does in one day. Spinds the web, spinds the web, spinds the web, etc. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by Pamela Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars The very (boring) spider
The Very Busy Spider is a good story for young kids that may like the easy and not challanging reading, and has no read moral to the story. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book!
This book is really adorable. My son loves to feel the textured web as it gets closer and closer to being finished with each page. He also likes to look for the fly on each page. Read more
Published on June 10 2002
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