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The Very Busy Spider

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  25,345 ratings  ·  387 reviews
A board book edition of the best-selling story features thermographic pages and a raised spider web children can feel for themselves, which complement the book's colorful collages and easy, rhythmic text.
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Board Book, 26 pages
Published August 16th 1995 by Philomel (first published 1950)
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Katharine
"The Very Busy Spider" is about a spider that spends all day spinning her web. A variety of different farm animals approach her and ask if she wanted to go do something with them that they enjoy doing. Each time, the spider didn't answer because she was busy spinning her web. In the end, after she finishes her web, she catches and fly and an owl asks who made this beautiful web. But, again, the spider didn't answer because she fell asleep, as it had been a very long day spinning her web. I think ...more
Russell
One of the better murder stories I've read in some time. Entertainingly illustrated, with a cast of memorable characters that draw you further into the tale. Like in Prince of Thorns, you find yourself rooting for the villain by the end, tracing your finger along their beautiful instrument of death.
Shifa Ahmed
The very busy spider by Eric Carle

This book is about a spider that spins a web with her silky thread on a fence post near a farmyard.

Different farm animals come along and invite her to go and do different things with them, but the spider does not answer, as she is too busy spinning her web.
‘Neigh! Neigh! Said the horse ‘want to go for a ride?’ But the spider doesn’t answer. She is too busy spinning her web.

This book gives the children the opportunity to learn about different animals, the sounds
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Anna
It is a great book for early readers. You can not only read it, but you can also feel it by touching the web. This simple story conveys lots of important information. It is a perfect introduction to learning about different kinds of animals and an opportunity to copy the sounds they make. The story begins one early morning when the spider starts to spin her web. Various animals such as the pig, the horse, the cat or the cow try to interrupt and invite her to join their typical activities, but sh ...more
Mika Reyes
As a child, I grew up reading Eric Carle books. Actually, not exactly. My mom read them for me. Yes, I was one of those children who couldn't go to bed without a bedtime story. HAHA. Each of us siblings had one particular Eric Carle book that our mom read to us over and over again when we were growing up. In my case, The Very Busy Spider. Honestly, I can't remember what I liked so much about that book, I'm not a very big fan of spiders! But then I remembered why. Not only because my mom made it ...more
Brenda  Roman
The very busy spider by Eric Clare, is about a spider who is all day spinning on her web. A variety of farmer animals approach and ask her if she wanted to do an activity of their choice. She didn’t pay attention to them, by working on the web she forgotten about her friends.

It seems like the illustrator used pencil to sketch out the illustrations used throughout. I really like how Eric Carle writes books for children and has a whole series of animal’s books they would enjoy and read over and o
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Bruce M
Charlotte seemed to like this one well enough. We were organizing her bookshelf, and she asked for it. We went ahead and read it, even though we weren't done organizing, because I've been curious about it for a while. I know I either read, or had read to me, some Carle books as a child, but I don't remember this one at all.

From the parent's perspective it's a pretty easy read if you don't mind repetition and mimicking animal noises. It's short, with only one sentence per page, though. This makes
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Adrianna Wesley
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Age: All ages
Summary: This book is about a spider who spends the entire day spinning her web. As she is spinning her web, a bunch of different farm animals come and ask her if she wants to go do something, but each time they would come and ask, she would not answer because she was busy spinning her web. Once her web is finally finished, a fly gets stuck in it and and owl asks who made the web because it was so perfect, but the spider was asleep because she spent her
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Kassidy Pine
In the early morning a spider is blown across the field and lands on a fence near a farm. The spider begins spinning her web and when she is asked to do something with each farm animal, she does not answer, because she is too busy spinning her web. The author uses different paints such as tempera and acrylic paints in each illustration. He creates collages with the different textured pictures. His book contributes and appeals to children due to its simplicity. He cleverly uses engaging plots tha ...more
Anna
Wow, these illustrations are awesome! My sister pointed this book out to me in the library -- I'm embarrassed to say I had never heard of it. It's a really cute story to read to kids to demonstrate the importance of hard work and to introduce various kinds of animals. I like that you can actually touch the pages and you'll feel the spider's web. Very nice touch!
June
Another great book for identifying animals and imitating their sounds. The spider thread is lightly embossed on each page, allowing a fine texture that can be felt with the fingertips. This makes it very interesting to "feel" the spider web develop on each consecutive page. The tiny size of this book makes it perfect as a bring along anywhere.
Kayla Fjellbo
The very busy spider is exactly what the title says. A spider is so busy spinning her web she doesn't have any time for her friends who come by! She is so busy she doesn't even answer her friends when they ask her to join them. No matter if it was a pig, goat, or cow the spider was just to busy spinning her web to answer anyone. Will the spider ever have time for anyone? Or will she always be to busy spinning her web?

The illustrations in this book look like regular paint was used. You can see th
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Matt
Another favorite of my little one. This book taught her how to make animal sounds. Plus, I think she likes the way daddy gives each barnyard animal a funny voice. :-) I like the message of sticking to your goals and not letting distractions get to you (I still need to learn this sometimes).
Kellie Callahan
A simple buy enjoyable story by Eric Carle. We follow the spider who is... as the title suggests, very busy spinning her web. She is approached by all sorts of farm animals who invite the spider to do fun and interesting things. But she always meets them with silence as she is too busy spinning her web. Her work pays off as she is able to capture a pesky fly and everyone around her appreciates and marvels at the beauty of her web.

This is a well written book for younger children. It has an iconi
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Christina Deroche
The Very Busy Spider teaches lessons that you shouldn't always be too busy to help a friend. That it's ok to take time for yourself and others. Eric Carle does a college look on his pictures. Some times the animals aren't even the colors of animals in real life. The keeps children's attention because they want to know what color and animal comes next.


Eric Carle does many colorful books. Many are books like, what do you see or hear. After working as a graphic designer and art director of an adver
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Alysia Abbott
It was a warm evening so we opened all the windows for dinner and ate shredded carrots, mashed potatoes, and burgers in the low light. A spirited discussion followed about The Very Busy Spider (Eric Carle), which Finn had motioned for me to read (a new favorite of his). Annabel asserts the book has no real point. I say it's all about the spider's industry. While all the other animals want to goof off (napping cat, mud-rolling pig, rock-jumping goat) the spider is the only community member who wo ...more
Ebono1
with such few words, children are able to help recreate the story. It also explains to the children that no everyday we can play play play, but get work done as well.
Nolan Johnson
A. This book is about a spider who is building a new web on a fence post near a farm yard. While the spider was spinning her web a variety of farm animals including a horse, a cow, a sheep, a goat, a pig, a dog, a cat, a duck, and a rouser asked the spider if she wanted to do an activity. The activities varied but there was never a response from the spider. She was too busy spinning her web to catch her food.

B. The theme in this book is hard work and persistance pays off even if you have to mis
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Alicia
I have read this one to Soren quite a lot. It is classic Carle. Fly gets eaten by the spider in the end, JSYK.
Jennifer Bollinger
Rate: 3


Review: This book is suitable for young children. This book is based on the book the very hungry caterpillar but in this book there is a spider that is trying to build his spider web. While the spider is trying to build his spider web other animals are trying to distract him from completing the spider web.


Learning Experience: After you read the story the very busy spider to the children have the children create their own spider web. While the children are creating their own spider web as
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Zequoia Hyche
I thought that this book was neat, because the illustrations were so awesome! It stimulates their sensory skills, because they get to feel the spider web inside of the book. This story is also good for reading to children because it teaches them about following through with certain tasks and finishing it. Sometimes, as children and even as people we easily get distracted by what the other person is doing, but if we stay focused, we will receive the greatest reward of all. I think "The Very Busy ...more
Laura Gibbs
One of the things that Eric Carle seems to be really into using animals for his books and I think it works for him! In this book, the main character is a spider—not something that many would use as a main character. The spider starts spinning his web and as he is spinning, animals periodically come and ask him if he wants to do things, such as run in the meadow (with the sheep) or take a nap (with the cat). The spider never answers though, because she is too busy spinning her web. At the end, wh ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
In this pleasant sequel to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle introduces a spider who, carried by the wind, lands on a fence post and begins to spin her web. In each two-page spread, a different animal approaches her, inviting her to participate in an activity familiar to them: the horse wants her to go for a ride, the cow invites her to eat some grass, the sheep invites her for a run in the meadow, and so on. The spider's response to each invitation is silence, because "She was very busy s ...more
Ashlea
The Very Busy Spider is about a spider and the process it takes to spin a web. The spider starts to spin her web on a fence post on a farm. A horse approaches the spider asking her if she wants to go for a ride, but she was to busy spinning her web to answer. Then a cow, sheep, goat, pig, dog, cat, duck, and a rooster all try to get the spider to do something with them, but she didn’t answer any of them she was too busy spinning her web. Once she was finish with her web she caught a fly in the w ...more
Megan Baker
The Very Busy Spider is a picture book intended for nursery or primary readers. It is about a spider that is very busy spinning her web. Many different animals want her to play with them, but she is much to busy. If she doesn't get her web spun there will be no food for her to eat. Once she is finished her web a rooster asks her if she wants to help him catch a pesky fly. The fly lands in her web and all of her hard work payed off.
I found that there was not much to this book, and that's why I
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Samia (Sam)
I love this book as do my nursery+reception class.This busy little spider does not want to go and play with all the various animals who ask her to join them in an adventure instead she is busy spinning her web.On each page is a fly hovering about.Ask the children why and they say, 'It wants to play with the spider/animal.'
The tactile web and fly capture children's concentration as they touch these and shout out what sound the animals make.
The repetitive narrative is particularly enjoyed once the
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Nancy
The Very Busy Spider written by Eric Carl (Philomel Books, 1984) is a delightful picture book for very young children (N). The story is about an industrious, web-building spider, which ignores the farm animals attempting to divert her from her work. Finally, when her web is complete, the web catches the pesky fly.
Young children can participate as the story is read to them by feeling the raised silk of the spider’s web as it grows throughout the book and finding the raised fly on opposite pages.
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Monchel Jones
The very busy spider was a very interesting book. This book was about a spider who blows in, lands on a fence post, and spends the entire day building a web. She keeps working as different animals tempt her to do other things. At the end of the day, she catches a fly in her web and then falls asleep, tired from her busy day. The age range for this book would be at least two year olds. My opinion on The Very Busy Spider's color is great. It is very colorful. I felt that the colors were very inten ...more
Brittany
Summary:
This book is about a spider that has to build its web. However, the other animals keep asking the spider to do something with them. The spider has to keep declining the offers so that she can finish her web. The spider shows perseverance.

Response:
I noticed the art in this book most of all. Eric Carle always has a unique looks to his illustrations, but this book in particular has a shiny effect to the web that the spider is spinning. It has a texture to it that is unlike the rest of the b
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Clementine Lagarde
The Very Busy Spider is about a spider who, carried by the wind, lands on a fence post and begins to spin a web. Whilst completing her web, a different farm animal approaches her, inviting her to do something with them. The horse wants her to go for a ride, the cow wants her to eat some grass, the sheep invites her for a run in the meadow, the goats wants her to jump on the rocks, the pig wants her to roll in the mud, the dog wants her to chase a cat, the cat would like her nap with her and the ...more
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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