The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Early one morning a little spider is blown across the fields, settles on a fence and begins to spin her web. In turn the farm animals try to tempt her from her work but the little spider keeps on. At the end she proves that her web is both beautiful and useful. A simple, humble story whose development lies in the web itself. The Very Busy Spider is especially valuable for visually-handicapped children. The web can be felt as it grows from a single strand to its final glory. An original development from the innovative Eric Carle.
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The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

This is a classic picture book from Eric Carle - The Very Busy Spider. Early one morning a little spider begins to spin her web on a fencepost and she doesn't stop until it is finished...Alongside the visual excitement of Eric Carle's vibrant collages of familiar animals is the tactile experience of feeling the spider's web as it grows from a simple line into a complex and beautiful creation - a perfect story for reading aloud and sharing. Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. Eric lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Don't miss all the other Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Eric Carle's Very Special Baby Book; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear?; The Very busy Spider; The Very Quiet Cricket; The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse; 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you See?; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Buggy Book; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; The Bad-Tempered Ladbybird; The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Little Learning Library; The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Touch and Feel Playbook; My Very First Book of Words; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Toy; Little Cloud; Today is Monday; My Very First Book of Shapes; The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; From Head to Toe; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Big Board Book; Draw Me a Star; Mister Seahorse; Do You want to be My Friend?; and, The Tiny Seed.

About the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. Since the 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 110 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin’s eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers.

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Click here for a list of Awards Eric Carle has won for his work

(If you are interested in more complete biography of Eric, please refer to the autobiography section of The Art of Eric Carle published by Philomel Books.)

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 2


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Publication date

2nd June 2011



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