The Very Busy Spider

The Very Busy Spider

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by Eric Carle
     
 

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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 action…  See more details below

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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 action with ease . . . Visually and verbally, this is a winner."
-Booklist, starred review.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399215926
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Edition description:
Miniature
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 3.75(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

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 and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1929
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, New York
Education:
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
Website:
http://www.eric-carle.com/

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The Very Busy Spider 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
num More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a gift since my kids love the book. The animal sounds are their favorite part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
UptownMom More than 1 year ago
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.
SDietz More than 1 year ago
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.
Shellie-SLP More than 1 year ago
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.
BWWI More than 1 year ago
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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Eric Carle 'weaves' his magic again in this see-touch-feel book about a spider.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the Very Busy Spider. I liked the cow and the spider. This was a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.