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The Very Busy Spider

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  38,754 ratings  ·  769 reviews
From bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle, the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes another classic tale about one very busy spider. A perfect gift to share with the child or grandchild in your life.

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 ke
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Board Book, 32 pages
Published August 16th 1995 by World of Eric Carle (first published March 6th 1985)
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Calista
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Eric Carle, young children
I love the art style for this Eric Carle beginning book about spiders. It looks like he used construction paper to collage the pictures. The colors are so happy and bright.

A spider is busy working. All the animals want to hang out with her, but she is so busy she doesn't even speak to them to tell them she is busy. She is sort of rude. I guess that's the nature of spiders. The animals are so cute.

Young readers should love this.
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Emily May
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure exactly what it is about this book, but my kids loved it! I picked it for my younger son who is not quite two, but my three-year-old was also very enthusiastic about it. I had to read it four times in a row. It's about animal noises and a spider that keeps on building her web and ignoring the mooing baaing neighing raucous around her. I'm not sure what the message is (don't talk to anyone and you'll be more productive? Lol) but that spider makes herself one fine web! ...more
Archit
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites in the series!
Such a busy spider it was! Adorable execution!
Russell
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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
Hilary
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Both my children, when small, really enjoyed this story of a spider making it's web. I waiver between 3 or 4 stars for this, it's nice meeting all the animals and they loved the way the web is slightly raised so you can feel it but it is very repetitive to read aloud. They loved it but I grew to really dislike reading this one! ...more
Hannah Notess
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tech
An important message about work-life balance for web developers.

If you develop webs all day and don’t take breaks to socialize you will go to bed not having had any social interaction. Don’t do this!
Pooja Bhoi
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Such inspirational book!!!

I liked this busy spider way too much!

I'm going to be focused and dedicated like it!

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Donna Backshall
Anything by Eric Carle will certainly be a visually awe-inspiring work, but this book also has texture, which makes it even more engaging for little ones.

The basic message is: Introverts thrive in the business of web development. If you keep your eye on the prize, and don't let yourself get distracted with all things social, you'll succeed. (And be pretty lonely, but we don't quite go there in here)
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Mandy
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite children's books! ...more
Victoria
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ian
I just hate spiders, even workaholic ones.
Shawn Deal
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Here is a very cute story about a spider building her web and all her friends trying to invite her to do other things. Done in water colors, this is a wonderfully bright book.
Melanie Kilsby
Eric Carle is a classic to me and I love almost all of them!!!
Thankfully, my kids do too :D
Amy Bruestle
All of Eric Carle's books are PERFECT reads for all kids!!!!!!!! ...more
Louise
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Home school reception book of the week.
Vy Nguyen
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Alysia Abbott
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Judy
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
rating: 3.5

The embossed "silky" thread of the spider that the kids can trace with their fingers lets them have an active role in the story telling. They like touching the fly and the spider (sometimes the kids even close their eyes while feeling them), and they like to provide the animals sounds. It's fun when we can read a book together. Depending on the child, I may or may not comment on the fate of the fly. (One of the kids liked the fly better than the spider, so we never said much about the
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June
Jan 10, 2009 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. ...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! ...more
Lauren
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book to a reception class the other day and then brought it for my boys! Read it to them today and they loved it! Good one for teaching Little’s farm animal sounds :)
Isobel
The very busy spider teaches children about how a spider spins a web.
Angela
Eric Carle's stories and art are the best in juvenile lit! ...more
Lauren Salisbury
Should be called the Very Rude, Self Centered Spider
John of Canada
I liked the artwork,and the surprise ending!
Nabeela Ahmed
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A wonderful tale of a very bust spider who spins her web all day ready to rest in her new home at night!

I think this book would be a great treat for children, especially shared reading in KS1. There is a lot of repetition and children can join in with the reading of the story as well as make all the noises of the animals that visit the spider throughout the day!

A great book with lots of opportunities for children to get involved!
Mandi
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the contrast of the farm animals that just want to play or relax compared to the spider that worked hard all day long & because she did, she was able to eat that night 😊
A fun game to go with this book is to painter’s tape a doorway & have the kids take turns throwing cotton balls to see how many “flies” they can catch 💗
Mr.
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good amount of words, repeating and tactile pages
Emma Sedlak
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-kidlets
This is one of Eamon’s favourite books to read over FaceTime with Gammy!
Priyanka
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-stuff
The kid loves it and thats all that matters :)
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Eric Carle was 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 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 the world.

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