With the use of raised printing, this innovative book adds the sense of touch to vision and hearing as ways to understand and enjoy the strikingly designed illustrations and the memorable story. Various farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. Enjoyed by all audiences, this book’s tactile element makes it especially interesting to the visually-impaired.
“Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider is now available in board-book form. A contemporary classic, the simple picture storybook is about the satisfaction of working and completing a task. Readers follow a spider through the day as it creates a web. The web is actually a raised line of thin plastic that can be felt when tracing it with a finger. Carle’s signature collage illustrations, in vivid colors and varied textures, carry the story.”
– by Stephanie Loer, The Boston Globe, June 19, 1995