The Very Busy Spider

The Very Busy Spider

Book - 1984
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Penguin Putnam
A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Early one morning a little spider spins her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!

This multi-sensory book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them. And with its rhythmic text, The Very Busy Spider becomes an experience to touch, to see, and to hear.

"A beautifully executed work for the very young that satisfies the needs of both visually handicapped and sighted children without losing its artistic integrity."--The Horn Book, starred review

"Both sighted and blind children will follow the action with ease . . . Visually and verbally, this is a winner."--Booklist, starred review.

Baker & Taylor
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.

& Taylor

The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, in a book featuring thermographic pages and a raised spider web that can be felt as well as seen

Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, c 1984
ISBN: 9780399229190
Characteristics: 24pgs:13cm:col.ill. ; cm


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Mar 23, 2015

Excellent book. My 5 year old daughter loves hearing this story over and over as well as "The very hungry caterpillar"

green_bear_966 Jun 05, 2014

Liked the Catterpillar beter

Oct 16, 2013

I love all the artwork in these books. Read this to my daughter - age 5 - I don't think she disliked it, but she didn't ask me to read it to her again. The repeating words worked for her, as she could easily see them, and knew what to say when I would pause, she could fill in the blank.

May 20, 2010

I remember reading this book as a child and loving it, now I'm reading it to my own daughter. While I find the book slightly repetitive now, my daughter thoroughly enjoys it. The pictures are vibrant and colorful and my daughter likes to touch the spider's web. A good choice if you have a toddler (especially if your toddler loves bugs and animals as much as mine does.).

Nov 01, 2007

Not one of Eric Carle's best works, but not exactly bad, either. Highly repetitive text becomes borderline dull after a few readings. Pages are imprinted with tactile as well as visual information--a device that may prove useful for sight-impaired listeners, but didn't hold much sustained interest for our 3-year-old.

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