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The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider (1984)

by Eric Carle

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even if you are hard at work it always pays to take a break and visit.
  aaj018 | Nov 8, 2017 |
Good book for making predictions
  Lauralee96 | Oct 6, 2017 |
This is a fiction book about a spider that ignores many animals because she is so busy spinning her web. This is a great book to teach repetition and/or animal sounds. It could also be used to explain the process of a spider and how they catch their food. ( )
  MankinSamara | Apr 13, 2017 |
A very good boo that teaches about the hard work farm animals do in order to survive. As well as introduce that insects, and arachnids, are friendly and deserving creatures. A great book for young readers that can be taught in a variety of different ways. ( )
  hannahmariebell | Apr 11, 2017 |
This book is about a spider who is very busy spinning her web. She is s busy that everytime an animal comes up to her and asks her to do something with them she just ignores them and keeps spinning her web. Eventually when the spider finishes she catches a fly for dinner in her web then goes to sleep because she is so tired from working all day. The central message of this story is that hard work pays off in the end, even if you have to miss out on fun activities to finish your work. ( )
  Michelle.Martin | Mar 29, 2017 |
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“Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider is now available in board-book form. A contemporary classic, the simple picture storybook is about the satisfaction of working and completing a task. Readers follow a spider through the day as it creates a web. The web is actually a raised line of thin plastic that can be felt when tracing it with a finger. Carle’s signature collage illustrations, in vivid colors and varied textures, carry the story.”
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“Early one morning the wind blew a spider across the field. A thin, silky thread trailed from her body. The spider landed on a fence post near a farm yard… and began to spin a web with her silky thread.”
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399229191, Board book)

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

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The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0241135907, 0448444216, 0141338326

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