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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Publisher: Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,
Material: board book
Summary: The wind blows a spider to a fence post, where she begins spinning her web. Throughout the day, various farm animals stop to invite a spider to play with them, but she is too busy to reply. This story is not (wholly) unlike the Little Red Hen: the spider cannot be distracted from her work.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Reading Level: 1.3
Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes touching the spider's silk, which is raised from the page, and to "talk" like each of the animal that greats the busy spider.
Adult Reader Reaction: Eric Carle is always an enjoyable, family read. We thought that the spider catching the fly in her web might create a pause, but we slide right on through to the next animal. It took a couple reads to see the fly was on every page from the beginning.
Pros: A sturdy board book. The texture used to create the spider's silk is a great complement and encouraged our little one to help the spider "draw" her web.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. A nice addition to the picture book/animal story collection. This one has potential for kids learning to read.