The Very Busy Spider

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This is a miniature, unjacketed hardcover edition of Eric Carle's classic story of persistence.
"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 ...

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Overview

This is a miniature, unjacketed hardcover edition of Eric Carle's classic story of persistence.
"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399215926
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1989
  • Edition description: Miniature
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,193
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.78 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world. Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote. Eric and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    A kids library staple

    I bought this as a gift since my kids love the book. The animal sounds are their favorite part.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2009

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    Great science story for kids

    Eric Carle is a very popular children's author in our classroom. His illustrations are vibrant and this story has a repetitive refrain that makes it ideal for child participation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    Good introduction to animal sounds.

    My 1 year old likes the animals sounds. He says 'Moo Moo' and 'Baa Baa' as soon as he sees the pictures. After a few months of reading this to him he's finally interested in the spider and feeling the web.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    My son's favorite book

    My 18 month old's face lights up when we pull this book out. He loves making the animal sounds. He will even "read" it by himself.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    My Girls Love It!

    My toddler loves to look at the pictures and make the animal sounds, and my four-year-old is excited to be able to read the words. They love this one almost as much as the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book is great for young children. I love the illustrations and the content leads to discussions about farm animals and spiders. I use this book in my Speech Therapy sessions and the children love it. I ask the children "wh-" questions about the animals. The board book is durable for the little ones.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    be sure you know what you order

    I was not happy with this purchase, as I didn't realize it was a "miniature". My mistake. Although I do LOVE this story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Very Busy Spider

    It's a book that your children will love. We are now on the next generation. Our son loved the book when he was little, and now that my nieces and nephews are having children of their own, I am giving the gift that hopefully will be a family favorite for them as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2007

    Good Book!!

    Eric Carle 'weaves' his magic again in this see-touch-feel book about a spider.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    my son loves this book

    We frequently read this book and everytime my 6 year old son has to trace the spiderwebs on each page. He loves the story also. We never tire of sharing this book at bedtime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    The Very Busy Spider is great

    I liked the Very Busy Spider. I liked the cow and the spider. This was a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Wonderful for Education

    Education is a prioritizing influence of my house. I reed to the children most every night. Its' very very very important to me and Donna to give the twins and the other kid early ecsposure to letters, words and story's. We feel that we havent' gone wrong with this book or most any other book for the matter at hand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    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. My son laughed at each page and especially loves the last page with the owl hooing. We read it almost every day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    GET YOUR TWO YEAR OLD READING

    We found this book in our puplic library. My son was two at the time and fell in love with this book. We have read it so much that he recites it to himself and to any one that wants to hear it. This one book has hooked him on reading. He loves all the Eric Carl books. The pictures are so colorful and exciting. I would recomend this book to any parent who has not yet achieved getting their little ones interested in listening to story time. This spider is like a member of our family now.

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