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Comments for the Very Busy Spider

The Very Busy SpiderThe Very Busy Spider: 06/05/07

Now that Harriet is older and enjoying books, I've started reading her Sean's old board books. One of her current favorites is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

The book introduces children to a variety of animals, the concept of time and of the importance of seeing a task to completion. The spider in question carefully builds her web over the course of a day and is rewarded at the end with a fly for dinner.

Harriet enjoys the book for the textured web (done with a gel paint), the bright colors and the repetition of words. She's also partial to the page with the cat. Although the words are nearly the same on each page, there are enough changes on each page to make the book a bit of a tongue twister for parents reading the book out loud.

Books by Eric Carle reviewed here: (Click on a title to read reviews).

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