September 2, 2012

Children's Book: The Very Busy Spider

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

I've been thinking lately about making series of posts about children's books that I like or own.

In a past few months I was lucky enough to learn about and look through so many amazing children's books thanks to my exchange studies and summer courses. With all this great source of information/inspiration, I feel compelled to share and let you know about some of those gems. Children's book illustrators deserve to be appreciated much more. Their work is just as important (if not more important) as the work hanging on the white walls in art galleries and museums. They are responsible not only for making pretty pictures (as people often think), but for educating children and nourishing their imagination and sense of wonder through an image. I think it is especially important to value children's books now since there's a growing number of people who prefer e-books over the real ones. This topic needs a whole new post, so let's not expand on this.

My first pick is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Carle is a famous American children's book author and illustrator most known for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (I bet some of you already know it).

The Very Busy Spider is part of Eric Carle's Very series. I own a copy of this book, so I photographed a few pages. I saw it in Myopic Books bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island and had to buy it since it's signed by  Eric Carle. This book is multi-sensory and engages the reader to follow the spider. Carle's distinctive colorful and textured illustrations are balanced out by white space in the background. They were created using collage technique (gluing pieces cut from hand-painted paper).


  1. I think that children is good teacher for us. Their imagination are freedom at all...

    I think that his work providing materials bringing up imagination to children is splendid...

    1. I couldn't agree more! Sometimes we are the ones that need to learn a thing or two from children not the other way around.