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The Very Busy Spider

Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
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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. On board pages.

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English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
6.0 / 7.0

There are so many new children’s books these days to be seduced by but it is hard to beat a classic like Eric Carle’s Very Busy Spider. Signature illustrations incorporating hand-painted paper cutouts and masterful use of white space, barnyard animals to identify and sounds to make, and best of all, a great lesson about working until the job is done and the value of rest after a busy day.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.0 / 7.0

This one is a classic that is deserving of its status. While it’s a simple story showcasing one spider’s diligence in creating her web despite a myriad of invitations from animals to do other things, it’s also great for reinforcing other animal noises and favorite activities, and of course, Eric Carle’s signature illustrations are delightful.

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
5.5 / 7.0

As is to be expected from Eric Carle’s books, this book has illustrations that are bold, inventive, and engaging for all ages. The story is simple and repetitive–a perfect formula for toddlers. The lift-a-flap feature of this board book provides an extra opportunity for engagement for little ones.

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Who Wrote The Very Busy Spider

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Eric Carle

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He is best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, From Head to Toe, and The Grouchy Ladybug. Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many bestsellers, most of which he also wrote. He has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter, and divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina. Mr. Carle opened the celebrated Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Northampton, MA, to feature both his work and that of other esteemed children’s book artists.

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