The Eensy-Weensy Spider

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Overview

This imaginative adaptation of the popular children's song, first published in hardcover in 2000, is now in paperback. National Book Award winner Mary Ann Hoberman expands on the hugely popular children's song and tells the story of the eensy-weensy spider's funny adventures with everyone from a beetle, to a frog, and even a glowworm who lights her way home at the end of the day. The humorous pictures are full of clever details. Perfect for reading and singing aloud!

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Overview

This imaginative adaptation of the popular children's song, first published in hardcover in 2000, is now in paperback. National Book Award winner Mary Ann Hoberman expands on the hugely popular children's song and tells the story of the eensy-weensy spider's funny adventures with everyone from a beetle, to a frog, and even a glowworm who lights her way home at the end of the day. The humorous pictures are full of clever details. Perfect for reading and singing aloud!

Eensy Weensy Spider's song becomes an extended and fun adventure in this picture-book retelling.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Capering caterpillars and blooming spring flowers ornament this bouncy reprise of a nursery standby. The book opens with musical stanzas for "The Eensy-Weensy Spider," along with a diagram of hand and arm gestures to be performed by the singer. A carnation-pink spider climbs a crocus-blue waterspout, while subsequent spreads describe the eight-legged heroine's garden adventures, all in keeping with the original tune: "The eensy-weensy spider met a baby bug./ `Hi!' said the spider and gave the bug a hug./ `Ugh!' said the bug. `Your hug is much too tight!'/ `I'm sorry,' said the spider. `I meant to be polite.' " Hoberman (A House Is a House for Me) invents everyday scenarios in which the spider interacts with her friendly insect neighbors (e.g., she gets assistance from a glow worm when the sun goes down). Westcott (I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly) conjures the cozy vignettes with dainty pen-and-ink outlines and fresh watercolor hues of daffodil yellow and misty green. The spider's mother sits down to a meal of curds and whey, and the eensy-weensy spider drifts off to sleep in a spun-silk hammock. These pleasing new stanzas extend a favorite song and lend personality to an indomitable creature who never lets a little rain get in her way. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Readers all know that the eensy-weensy spider went up the spout again, but then what did she do? In this expanded version of the song by the pair that collaborated on Miss Mary Mack (not reviewed) the plucky purple spider in a spunky blue hat encounters one adventure after another, as she rhymes her eensy-weensy way from morning 'til night. Whether hugging a baby bug, swimming with a frog, or buying new shoes (three pair please!), this minute arachnid heroine marches blithely along, courtesy of Hoberman's ear-catching verse. Finally "The eensy-weensy spider slept right through the night. / When she awoke the sun was shining bright. / ‘Good,' said the spider, ‘there isn't any rain!' " (Savvy readers will know what comes next.) Westcott's lush garden scenes are filled with critters large and small and provide a bug's-eye-view of the world. Riotous color and clever details add to the appeal. Begging to be read aloud, this is a sure-fire hit for story time. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316734127
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/4/2004
  • Series: Sing-Along Stories Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 600,711
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    A popular song, but with an amazing rhyme twist!

    I absolutely choose this book over any other Eensy-Weensy spider rhyme book. When I read this to the children ages 1-5 years, they giggle and point out parts of each page. I bought this for myself for my future children I will have and for every friends' baby shower because it's just so fun to read. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Loved!

    I purchased this for my 2 year old granddaughter. Whenever she comes for her weekly visit she takes this book off the shelf and she points at each page and tries to sing the lyrics with me. A fun activity for both of us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    Great book

    I love this book for all young kids. I work with toddlers and they love the longer version of a favorite song and all of the illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    A Great Spider Song

    This book is really wonderful. My 3 year old loves it and it makes a wonderful bedtime story since the spider goes to bed at the end, and sleeps through the night. Each page is a new stanza to the song and the illustrations are so wonderful that there are many things to talk about along the way. Its a really great book for kids who enjoy being read to.

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    Posted July 16, 2010

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