From School Library Journal
PreS–An exuberant CD accompanies Iza Trapani's 1993 picture book, which builds on the classic song to take the Itsy Bitsy Spider on an adventure through a house, climbing up walls, buckets, and chairs, and facing setbacks such as fans, mice, and cats, until she finally climbs high into a tree to spin her web and enjoy a much-deserved rest in the sun. The CD's first track features an introduction by the author; on track 2, a group of kids join her in a joyful sing-along of the book, with appropriately placed musical breaks for page turns. The cheery music is a perfect match for Trapani's vibrant illustrations. Track 3 is a straight read-along performed very expressively by Valerie Stephens with page-turn signals and musical sound effects. A delightful twist on the usual read-along.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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About the Author
Iza Trapani came to America from Warsaw, Poland, with her mother when she was just seven years old. However, it was during those early years in Communist Poland, living with her large family in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, that Iza's artistic life began to blossom. She would spend hours filling every scrap of paper with drawings of princesses in castles, knights on horses, and all kinds of animals.
Iza put herself through college at the State University in New Paltz, New York, working in many different capacities. Her first job was as a caregiver to a little boy who was hyperactive. Other jobs ranged from short-order cook to rock-climbing guide, from real estate broker to freelance artist. After college Iza married, re-united with her brothers and sister, whom she had not seen since she left Poland, and finally became a published author and illustrator of children's books.
Always fascinated with children's literature, Iza loves to explore the pure simplicity of words matched with charming illustrations in her own work. As a child, Iza spent hours immersed in the magical world of picture books, and as an adult Iza will still sit and giggle with Dr. Seuss's books.
Through her wondrous stories like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Iza proudly shares a part of herself with children. Her detailed illustrations and charming characters tell stories that teach as well as delight and touch young readers.