Why is the spider so busy? Find out why in The Very Busy Spider: A Lift-the-Flap Book (The World of Eric Carle).

The horse neighs, the sheep baas, the cow moos – this is a great introduction to animals for newborns and toddlers. Your child will learn about these farmyard animals through Eric Carle’s distinctive illustrations and simple storyline.

The repetitive reference to the busy spider behind each flap will keep your child intrigued and wanting to find out what happens next!

Tips for Parents

    Each page has many things to discuss –

  • Have your child identify the animals on each page, and ask them to imitate the animal’s noise.
  • Discuss the characteristics of each animal – the noise they make, colour, features.
  • Make note of the spider’s web and how it gets bigger on each page. Point out a spider’s web on a walk or in the garden, and discuss with your child the spider that might live nearby.
  • If your child likes this book, try The Very Hungry Caterpillar – also by Eric Carle.

Eric Carle

Eric Carle was born in America in 1929 and is one of the world’s most popular authors for young children.

He writes and illustrates his own books and is known for his beautiful and colourful collage style illustrations.

His books have sold over 103 million copies, and even now, well into his 80s, he receives ten thousand pieces of fanmail from children every year.

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