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Grade 1–3—Everyone knows the old nursery rhyme, but this clever picture book focuses on what happens between the spider's being washed out of the waterspout and finding the courage to climb it again. Eensy, embarrassed by her fall, goes into hiding and vows to keep all eight legs on the ground, until her ladybug friend, Polly, encourages her to start small. Eensy faces her fears and climbs a potted plant, then a fireplug, a dog, and a mailbox. Her confidence growing, she scales higher and higher objects, until finally the rocket she climbs takes her to the Moon. With a clever text full of witty asides (the newspaper Spider Insider: All the News That's Fit to Spin covers the story); comical, cartoon illustrations featuring Eensy in a striped scarf; and energetic pacing, this title offers a contemporary take on an old favorite that remains grounded in the emotional world of a child.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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About the Author

Troy Cummings has been drawing and writing since he was an eensy weensy kid. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers and magazines, on Web sites, on frozen-fish-stick packages, and in hospital waiting rooms. This is his first book. He lives in Greencastle, Indiana, with his cat and his family. Visit his Web site at www.trox5.com.

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Gift edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375865829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375865824
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Troy Cummings has written/illustrated a truckload of books, including THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM, a series about a town full of monsters, and GIDDY-UP, DADDY!, the story of a man who's mistaken for a horse.

He has also illustrated LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD by Tara Lazar, MIGHTY TRUCK by Chris Barton, and MORE BEARS! by Kenn Nesbitt.

In addition to books, Troy's illustrations have appeared on:

> Animated backdrops for an opera
> A package of fish sticks
> Jigsaw puzzles
> iPad pop-up books
> A poster warning people about germs
> A poster warning people about a film festival
> A cookbook for dogs
> A thing for the humane society
> A card game about hiking
> Newspapers, magazines and greeting cards

Troy Cummings lives in Greencastle, Indiana with his nice family and mean cat.

See more of Troy's work at www.troycummings.net.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute picture book. The illustrations are kid friendly and complement the text well, and the story has a good message. This little spider freaks out when she's washed out that spout and swears off climbing for good. It's only with the help of a friendly ladybug that she is able to start climbing again - a little bit at a time. This message is a good one that kids can stand to hear again and again and who better to tell them than the spider they are all familiar with? The spider does not give up and goes on to even greater heights just because she didn't let a setback like a little rain ruin her fun. Great story.

My only problem here is that with a title like that, I was expecting a lot more humour! I thought there would be a lot more actual freaking out, but that was only a small part of the story. I didn't feel the drama and I wish the characters would have been a bit more expressive. I think I was just missing the big reactions and gags that would have turned this into a great story time read. Still a fan, but just a touch disappointed.
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The eensy weensy spider had all eight legs moving and was climbing up the waterspout. That was exactly what eensy weensy spiders are supposed to do, but when the rain came down and washed her out with a tippy tumble it was just totally embarrassing. Things just didn't happen to her like that and she "freaked out, big-time!" To save face she just yelled at another spider and claimed, "There's no way I'm climbing back up that gutter! If I had a neck, I could have broken it!" Well, news flies fast and before you know it, eensy weensy's failure was spread all over the Web. She read about in on the "Spider Insider" and if it was there you can bet it was on Facebook and Twitter.

She was so upset she stayed in her "garden apartment" and only peeked out around her yellow polka dot curtains. Her friend Polly, a ladybug, finally ambled up her stone walkway to pay her a visit. Eensy Weensy looked totally depressed when Polly tried to talk to her about the incident and claimed she'd "never felt so low." There was no way she was going to try again, but a little teasing goes a long way. "BAWK BAWK! C'mon you big chicken . . . " Blah, blah, blah and Eensy Weensy was out there eying a plant pot. First it was one leg and then the other seven followed. You go girl! She made it to the top of the plant pot, then the fireplug, and even a mailbox. Was Eensy Weensy going to redeem herself for all her fans or was she going prove herself to be a big failure?

This zany fractured fairy tale starring the "new" Eensy Weensy Spider will give your little one a case of the giggles. Eensy Weensy and her unexpected fall from grace on the Web has been very popular with the eensy weensy ones in my neck of the woods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie G. on March 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My three neices and my nephew have each loved this book. First, I read it to them. Then, we would read it together as they remembered some of the happenings on each page. Now some of the kiddos are able to read it to me.

I love that it's a fun kids story with some grown-up topics that we can discuss together. We talk about facing your fears, being a good friend, newspapers and telling stories. And of course, we sing about how the "itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout."

Kids usually love books because WE love books and share them with the children in our lives. I love this one because I can share something fun, that the kids already have a connection with, and carry it further to have some values-based discussions. Thanks!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dudley on May 26, 2010
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This terrific re-telling of the "eensy-weensy (or itsy-bitsy) spider" tale is smart, funny, and visually appealing. It's just long enough to be a perfect read-with-me book, and kids will enjoy the colorful, detailed illustrations and cheerful characters. Perhaps best of all, adults will find the visual jokes quite funny, even after re-reading the book many times. It's already a favorite in my household. Highly recommended for any family that sings "The Eensy-Weensy/Itsy Bitsy Spider" on a daily basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mazzie Bee on November 8, 2010
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This book grabbed my preschoolers attention right away. They love the eensy weensy spider and were curious about why she "freaked out!" Then when they learned that she was SCARED of climbing after she fell, they identified with her... They literally cheered when she overcame her fears. Fun book, good message - a hit at our house.
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Eensy Weensy Spider is back and this time she's freaking out! Would have liked a bit more information or a scene with whatever the events were that has brought her mind to this stage, since all that seemed to happen was a bit of water flushing her down onto the ground. Seems that would be a common occurrence for spiders living in manmade stuff like drains. But anyway she's freaking out and tells a journalist from Spider Insider so. Of course he runs the story, and Eensy, so ashamed becomes a recluse. It's up to her friend a ladybug who is not only not afraid of being eaten, but isn't afraid to call the spider a big chicken and ridicule its ridiculous phobia. Motivating Eensy by getting her to start small, with a pot plant. That's pretty much all the entire story is, just bigger thing, after bigger thing for the spider to climb. I can see this being some sort of lesson for a child who maybe fell off a bike or something and is afraid to get back on, but there's not really any entertainment value with this one. It actually reminded me more of The Little Engine that could. Most fractured fairy tales or sequels try to add a bit of humour, surprisingly and I have to say disappointingly as well, this one didn't and has just gone for a motivational get over it and get back on the horse lesson.
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