The Very Busy Spider
By Eric Carle
Follow an industrious spider as she carefully spins her web. A cow, a pig, and other farm animals want her to play–but a busy spider needs to finish her work, or there’ll be no dinner. She keeps working as various animals tempt her to do other things. At the end of the day, she catches a fly in her web and then falls asleep, tuckered out from her busy day. This book has several things going for it. First, it is a very simple narrative, making it one of the first stories that your child will be able to understand. Second, it is repetitive. Toddlers LOVE repetition and it is good for them. It helps them stay focused on the story, and gives them a chance to “read” something themselves, because they will naturally recite the repetitive bits as you come to them. Last of all, this book has several animals and the noises they make–very important for that fund of knowledge you are building.
Children learn about the natural world in Eric Carle’s original, charming books, which include classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Carle’s vivid tissue-paper illustrations and innovations in book design have made him an author whose longevity and continued popularity are testaments to his beloved status among young readers and parents.