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The Very Busy Spider

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,159 Ratings  ·  489 Reviews
A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Early one morning a little spider spins her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 6th 1985 by Philomel Books (first published 1984)
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Jun 04, 2014 Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
"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
Jubaira Chowdhury
Sep 01, 2015 Jubaira Chowdhury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “The Very Busy Spider” is a classic picture book within children’s literature. The story involves a spider going about her business of spinning herself a spider web. However, throughout her spinning she encounters several different animals who try to distract her by asking her to do an activity with them. She does not engage in any of these requests and is determined to complete her task and ends up producing a beautiful silky spider web and she even catches a fly.

I enjoyed this book as
Mandy Blair Crider
One of my favorite children's books!
Shifa Ahmed
May 09, 2012 Shifa Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jon Gustafson
Feb 27, 2016 Jon Gustafson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story can be used to teach the importance of focusing or more explicitly how spiders build webs to trap mosquitoes. The text is quite accessible for younger readers and introduces students to many different animals who try to tempt the spider away from her work. The repetition of "the spider didn't answer, she was very busy spinning her web" helps students build some high frequency words.
May 06, 2015 Kristine rated it it was amazing
I love Eric Carle books and I definitely recommend them for little kids. This book is no exception.
Elizabeth Schuster
The Very Busy Spider tells the story of a spider and her determination of building her spider web, even with all of the distractions thrown her way. During the book, the spider encounters a variety of animals that try to convince her to join them in different activities with them. However, she ignores all of the requests as she is just too busy and ends up making an excellent spider wed and even catches a fly on it. This book is appealing to multiple senses with colorful illustrations, repetitiv ...more
Alayna Pope
Feb 22, 2016 Alayna Pope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really like Eric Carle and I read a lot of his books growing up. This was one of the ones I don't remember reading as much. It's a cute story! The spider is very busy all day spinning her web to catch her fly for dinner. Every animal on the farm comes to ask if she wants to play, but she never answers and keeps on working. In the end, she finally gets her fly and sleeps peacefully. She built a beautiful web and worked very hard. I think a message from this book might be that if you work hard e ...more
Brenda  Roman
Dec 02, 2014 Brenda Roman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
The Very Busy Spider is a very well-crafted picture book in classic Eric Carle style. The art work is, of course, both attractive and interesting, using all sorts of interesting colors and textures. Additionally (at least in the board book version), the spider, spiderweb, and fly are raised to create some interesting tactile interaction with the pages–which is great for younger kids! Also great for little ones, this book introduces a variety of barnyard animals as well as the noises they are typ ...more
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
Michael Dollan
Jun 11, 2015 Michael Dollan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall the very busy spider is a beautifully illustrated and simple story which has scope to provide extension activities and discussions with children. The story is about a spider who blows in the wind to a farm an begins building a web - various farm animals are friendly to the spider and she ignores them because she is too busy building her web.
The book allows some discussion around farm animals - types of animal, noises, colours etc. and about the way the spider responds - is she being rude
Brooke Brodsky
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle is a wonderful picture book for young children. It is told in the classic Eric Carle way, with catchy pictures and simple wording. It is a story about a spider who is very busy with a web to build. Through out his very busy day, his other animal friend come to him and try to engage him in activities, but he is too busy working on his web. Finally, he finishes, and the brand new web catches a fly. At the end of his busy day, he goes to sleep. I gave this book 5 ...more
Kenna Hall
Apr 25, 2015 Kenna Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The very busy spider is a story about a spider who the whole day tries to spin a web. However, the conflict in the story is that while the spider tries to make a web, the other farm animals try and distract her. In the end the spider is able to make a web and catch her food. The theme of the story is perseverance and having a goal and being able to accomplish it. Eric encompasses many important topics in her books with the addition of animals, which makes it more appealing to kids. This book tea ...more
Kassidy Pine
Nov 30, 2014 Kassidy Pine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
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!
Jan 10, 2009 June rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shauna Walters
Apr 12, 2015 Shauna Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is about a spider that spends the day building a web to catch food and the other animals on the farm try and distract her from finishing her web. The spider tries to focus to finish her web, but gets easily distracted, which is a problem that many people face everyday. This is a very interactive and fun book to read out loud to younger children. This book is great to identify animals with the sound it makes. It is also a good way to point out that the underlying theme in the story. The ...more
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
Meghan Brennan
Nov 16, 2015 Meghan Brennan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literacy
This beautiful and simple story follows the day of a spider spinning a web. As the day goes on, various farm animals visit the spider to invite her to do things with them, such as take a nap or roll in the mud. Each time, the spider does not hear them because she is “too busy spinning her web.” At the end of the book, the spider catches a fly and falls asleep after a hard days work. The best part about this book is the repetitive story line, illustrations, and that the web is almost 3D, allowing ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
Kara Duncan
The moral of this story is that with hard work and determination we can complete any task as long as we set our minds to it and do not give up. The spider cannot play with the animals on the farm during the day because she is extremely busy spinning her new web, because without her web she will not have a way to catch food or sleep when she is tired. After a full day of spinning an intricate web the spider catches a fly and then falls asleep without having the chance to play with the farm animal ...more
Kelsee Crenshaw
Apr 25, 2016 Kelsee Crenshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Very Busy Spider accommodates everybody! Not only can you read this book, but you can touch, feel and hear this book. This book is about a spider who spins her web for days on end, meanwhile the nearby farm animals are trying to distract her. When she is done spinning her web, she is able to show the people who were trying to distract her, what she created. Her web ends up being beautiful and very unique. This book includes different textures, and sounds into its illustrations to make this b ...more
Kellie Callahan
Dec 06, 2014 Kellie Callahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsea Yarworth
The Very Busy Spider is a picture book for Pre-k through first grade. This story is about a spider who spins her web all day. When she is spinning her web, a bunch of different farm animals come and ask her if she wants to go do something, but she never went with them. Once the web is finished, a fly gets stuck in it and owl asks who made the web. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because it is very informational for kids to learn the names and sounds farm animals make. Also because I wish ther ...more
Candace Offutt
This is a book with a lot of repetition, so it is very good for teaching predictions to young children. Also, Eric Carle does a great job making colorful books that children love.
Christina Deroche
Apr 01, 2014 Christina Deroche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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