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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,222 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
The spirited and irresistible itsy bitsy spider has captured the hearts of generations of children by climbing up that water spout. Now she's back—on a new magical journey!

This all-new itsy bitsy spider has exciting encounters with a fan, a mouse, a rocking chair, a cat and a big maple tree. Finally, the itsy bitsy spider finds a lovely spot to rest and spin a new silky we
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 1993)
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Siobhan
Sep 28, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
Jackie Douthat
For young children I really like using picture books along with nursery rhymes. Sometimes it's because I can't remember all the words to the different songs but it also gives the young students something to look at and touch as I read/sing them out loud.
Sheila
Jun 23, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I thought my daughter would enjoy this book more than she did. For some reason, even though this is a classic sing-along, act-along song, this was not one of her favorites. It usually ended up on the bottom of a pile, with some other book selected by her for reading.
Laura McLoughlin
Featured at a recent bug themed story time. The kids all enjoyed it, but if it had been my house the itsy bitsy spider crawling up my walls would have been squished.
Tracey
Feb 07, 2017 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Author: Iza Trapani
Illustrator:
Genre: Nursery Rhyme/Mother Goose Book, Board Book
Theme(s): Spider, Adventure, Sing Along
Opening line/sentence: “The itsy bitsy spider Climbed up the water spout.”

Brief Book Summary:
This book provides an exciting twist on the popular nursery rhyme, The Itsy Bitsy Spider. In the pages of the board book, the spider travels to many other places than just her water spout. The familiar melody continues as the spider climbs up the kitche
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Gabriella Norat
Feb 07, 2017 Gabriella Norat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
Awards: This book has not received any awards

Appropriate grade level: Pre-k through 2nd

Summary:
This nursery rhyme is about a spider who continues throughout the book to climb up different objects, but faces different obstacles as it tries. The spider does not let obstacles get in its way and continues to try climbing again and again. At the end of the book, the spider is able to climb up a tree and spin its silky web with ease.

My Review:
This book is a wonderful age-appropriate example of a nur
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Lydia Erakare
Oct 26, 2016 Lydia Erakare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: songs
1. This book has not received any awards.

2. This book is appropriate for PreK-1st grade.

3. Trapani has reinvented the well-known song "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" in this book. We all know the tune and words to "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" but not all of the extra adventures that come in this story. The Itsy Bitsy Spider does much more than climb up the water spout in Trapani's rendition. In this song, the friendly spider goes head to head with a fan, a mouse, a rocking chair, and so much more before saf
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Randee Bontrager
Feb 19, 2017 Randee Bontrager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-230
The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani is a classic children's book. This book has always been about the spider going up the water spout. This time the spider encounters so more places or people. It encounters a rocking chair, a car, mouse, and a tree. She spun her web at the very top of the tree and rested in the sun. I have always loved this book because you can sing and do actions while reading this book. The illustrations keep the reader wanting to read it.

The intended audience for this book w
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Courtney Dromazos
Awards: none

Grades: Pre-K-K

Summary: The Itsy Bitsy Spider is the classic nursery rhyme with a few additional verses. The verses feature the itsy bitsy spider visiting different areas of the home following the same lyrical pattern. The itsy bitsy spider ends up happy in her newly spun web in the sun.

Review: Many students will be familiar with this nursery rhyme from home, which makes it perfect to include in the classroom. Students will be comforted by the familiarity of the rhyme and enjoy some
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Kay
Dec 20, 2016 Kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the classic plus a few more verses
Megan Cureton
I was familiar with this nursery rhyme growing up, but not this new one with all the cool new places the spider travels up. I was impressed with the way the story still felt like the same old story, even though so much was added to it, it still rhymed really well and overall was a nice touch to the story. I like that it is longer now, so it doesn't have to end so soon because I really liked this one growing up. Some of the new places the spider travels would be up the kitchen wall, up the yellow ...more
James K
Oct 12, 2016 James K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
Though all ages could enjoy this classic book, it seems most appropriate for educational uses between Pre-K and second-grade. It follows the story of the Itsy Bitsy Spider, with some variation to make it longer. Throughout, the spider is just trying to climb something, but something else obstructs her from doing so. After climbing many places, she finally climbs to the top of a tree and begins to build her nest. The book ends with the spider relaxing in her web with sunglasses on, happy with her ...more
Sarah Davis
Ther book beings just like the song about the spider going up the spout. Once the spider climbs back up the spout we see the spider climb up the kitchen wall and then the spider is blowen off the wall by a fan. After the spider climbs up a wall we see the spider climb up a yellow pail and then a mouse came and knocked the spider off with his tail and he ran out the door. The spider climbs backup the yellow pail. We then see the spider climbing up the rocking chair out on the front pourch. The ca ...more
Shenice Martin
Nov 02, 2016 Shenice Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursery
Award: None
Grade Level: 1

Summary:
The original "Itsy Bitsy Spider" climbing up the water sprout has expand into many more climbing adventures for the little spider. The spider has moved on to climbing walls, buckets, chairs and eventually a tree. No matter what happened to the spider he never stopped climbing until he was able to make it to the top of a tree and build himself a web and rest in the sun.

Review:
I thought this was a great addition to the original nursery rhyme. BY allowing the spider
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Laila

Grade Level: PreK-K
Summary:
The itsy bitsy spider is a book based off of a popular children’s song. It is about different ways in which a spider tries to climb something. Then something happens to make it fall, and they have trouble getting up again. But then they get up and do it once again.

Reflection:
I love this book it has many different ways of telling the song. By having more than one way of singing the song you can never get bored with it. Also by having the music in the beginning of the bo
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Gabriella Pugliese
Oct 26, 2016 Gabriella Pugliese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: song-books
1. This book has not received any awards.

2. The appropriate grade level for this book is preschool through kindergarten.

3. This book is a different spin on the classic itsy bitsy spider song that all children know and love. In this book, the itsy bitsy spider comes across a mouse, a cat, a big maple tree, a fan, and a rocking chair. Children will love the exciting new adventures this fun spider goes on.

4. This is a great book to be able to sing along with. Children should already be familiar
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Amanda
Sep 27, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: songs
Awards: None
Grades: Pre-K through 1st
Summary: In The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani, the well known first verse of the song is the spider climbing up the spout. The book continues with the remaining but lesser known verses of the spider climbing up a variety of items, only to be knocked down by something. By the end the spider is finally able to make a web and rest in the sun.
Review: I enjoyed this edition of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. The pictures were large, colorful and depicted exactly what th
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Meg McGregor
Jan 16, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite version of this traditional rhyme!

I love how Ms. Trapani made this completely brand new and relevant for the next generation of eager young readers!

The spider not only climbs up the waterspout, she also....

climbs up the kitchen wall....

is blown down by a fan and then climbs up a yellow pail....

a mouse flicks her with its tail but she climbs up the pail again...

then she climbs up a rocking chair....

a cat knocks her in the air but when the cat is asleep she climbs back up the
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Meg McGregor
Feb 24, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My absolute favorite version of this traditional rhyme!

I love how Ms. Trapani made this completely brand new and relevant for the next generation of eager young readers!

The spider not only climbs up the waterspout, she also....

climbs up the kitchen wall....

is blown down by a fan and then climbs up a yellow pail....

a mouse flicks her with its tail but she climbs up the pail again...

then she climbs up a rocking chair....

a cat knocks her in the air but when the cat is asleep she climbs back up the
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Erika Stauch
This book has not won any awards and is geared for PreK-2. Is this book the spider is on an all new adventure. She encounters a fan, mouse, cat and even a rocking chair. After her journey she finds a new place to make her new silky web. This book is a good read. It will keep the children interested since its a classic tale. This story also has new things that the spider can do. Its a great book to read to children who want to keep the tale of the its bitsy spider alive. I would use this in my cl ...more
Meg McGregor
Jan 09, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-lexi
My absolute favorite version of this traditional rhyme!

I love how Ms. Trapani made this completely brand new and relevant for the next generation of eager young readers!

The spider not only climbs up the waterspout, she also....

climbs up the kitchen wall....

is blown down by a fan and then climbs up a yellow pail....

a mouse flicks her with its tail but she climbs up the pail again...

then she climbs up a rocking chair....

a cat knocks her in the air but when the cat is asleep she climbs back up the
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Marissa
This book is appropriate for ages 3-5.

"The Itsy Bitsy Spider" is about a determined spider. This spider climbs and gets knocked down but does not give up. She tries again after the sun comes out.

"The Itsy Bitsy Spider" is a great book that kids enjoy and a versatile book for teachers. The book is well written and will surely grab the attention of any child.

In a classroom you may use this book as a sing along. You can also add hand motions and gestures to make this into a finger play. My last cho
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Alyssa Sherry
This book goes right along with the classic nursery rhyme, so there is not much of a surprise there, but the illustrations are bright and beautiful. The big orange cat is an addition to the story line that the song does not include. The words are very limited, but the pictures give the readers a lot of extra information. To top it all off, the little spider is just so darn cute!

I read this book a lot growing up and, since I had the song memorized, I would flip the pages so quickly that I never
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Arsenio Richardson
Just from the title alone I was very curious about this book. The shape and size made me like it even more. The value of the illustration was very good it was never too dark and the sharpness was right on point. The author did an excellent job using great spacing and texture. I thought the colors and pictures were perfect because the colors were so smooth and the pictures very graceful. I received the feeling that the wind was blowing me along on a beautiful summer day. Also, with that the text ...more
Kristy Breese
What? This book is an extension of the traditional nursery song, "The Itsy, Bitsy Spider". The spider encounters different adventures throughout the book. The spider not only climbs up the waterspout, but also a kitchen wall, a yellow pail, rocking chair, and a maple tree where the spider spun his web to relax in the sun.

So What? Children will love the cute illustrations and another version of the song.

Now What? Students will enjoy creating their own spider spun web. I will supply the students w
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Candice
Dec 18, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of young children
Shelves: books-for-kids
In an effort to streamline our book collection, my kids and I have taken on the task of re-reading every book and reviewing deciding if they are keepers. Hoping to get rid of some of those "junk books" and ones that just aren't ever loved. That said, this is a book, I will keep despite my kids growing up. I just love reading it to them. The illustrations are just beautiful. I love all of Isa's work. The story itself expands on the Itsy Bitsy Spider and is quite cute, but the pictures are what ma ...more
Taya
Sep 23, 2009 Taya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbgs-1
This book took a wonderful twist on the classic children's song. It added a complete six total verses to the original tune which gave the story a very completed feeling. The font was very formal and bland, which downplayed the sing-songy attitude that took place when the story was read. One of the most educational features about this text was that it included the written music for a piano so that the story could then be sung with the various verses. This is a great way to integrate a song, a sto ...more
Dave Lester
My daughter appreciates the book, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" by writer and artist Iza Trapani which takes the familiar song and expands on the story using the same stanzas. Browsing through the library, we came across another book by Trapani, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" which follows the same format- expanding upon the original song to a wider story. Unfortunately, this one is fairly annoying with an all encompassing cheesiness.
Anna Bueller
May 04, 2014 Anna Bueller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great background about the spider that appeared on page 197 of The Chosen by Chaim Potok. I always wanted to know the back story of that spider that symbolized Danny's fears and dreams colliding into one big monster that could eat him whole. It's amazing how determined that little spider was. Of course this is a spider worthy of being in the company of our precious baseball Jews. It is the chosen arachnid.
Roxanne
Dec 22, 2014 Roxanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Nicely illustrated version of the song, with lots of verses, which is nice. However, some of the art gets a two-page spread that doesn't really deserve it and doesn't match with the rhythm of the words, so you're hanging out on a page longer than you ideally would, and when you're reading with a small person whose attention span is similarly small, that's kind of annoying. Still, glad we have this.
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