The Very Busy Spider

written and illustrated by Eric Carle

A number of farm animals stop and try to distract the spider from her task but she just keeps spinning the thin, silky thread.

Early one morning a spider lands on a fence post and begins to spin a web. A number of farm animals stop and try to distract the spider from her task but she just keeps spinning the thin, silky thread. At the end of her busy day she has a beautiful web . . . and a fly for supper!

The illustrations are the bold, colorful collages we have come to expect from Eric Carle. What makes this book special is that the web grows strand by strand both visually and physically. The embossed threads are meant to be touched and this tactile stimulation is an important way of knowing for many children.

Beginning readers enjoy this book because of the predictable pattern of the text. Each animal in turn makes his unique sound and then asks the spider to share in some usual farm activity. The spider doesn’t answer; she is always very busy spinning her web.