The Very Busy Spider, Paperback
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This is a classic picture book from Eric Carle - The Very Busy Spider.

Early one morning a little spider begins to spin her web on a fencepost and she doesn't stop until it is finished...Alongside the visual excitement of Eric Carle's vibrant collages of familiar animals is the tactile experience of feeling the spider's web as it grows from a simple line into a complex and beautiful creation - a perfect story for reading aloud and sharing.

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children.

Eric lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Don't miss all the other Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Eric Carle's Very Special Baby Book; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear?; The Very busy Spider; The Very Quiet Cricket; The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse; 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you See?; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Buggy Book; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?;The Bad-Tempered Ladbybird; The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Little Learning Library; The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Touch and Feel Playbook; My Very First Book of Words; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Toy; Little Cloud; Today is Monday; My Very First Book of Shapes; The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; From Head to Toe; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Big Board Book; Draw Me a Star; Mister Seahorse; Do You want to be My Friend?; and, The Tiny Seed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780141338323



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This is not my favorite of Eric Carle's books, both in its illustrations and in its stories. A spider is trying to spin her web, and ignores the other pesky farm animals while doing so. The web is raised off the page, which is fun to feel. For a children's book, it's wonderful. For Eric Carle, I think it could be better.