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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: Nursery Rhyme
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879085771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879085770
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Iza Trapani is the best-selling author/illustrator of several children's books, including TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR; I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT; THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER; and RUFUS AND FRIENDS: RHYME TIME. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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In 1961, when I was seven years old, my mother and I came to America. My father, sister, brother and paternal grandmother all stayed behind in the tiny apartment in Warsaw, Poland where the six of us had lived. Under Communist rule entire families were prohibited from traveling abroad so my mother took me, the youngest, hoping to bring the rest of the family over soon thereafter. Tragically, she died before fulfilling her dream. My father died a few years later. Due to extenuating circumstances I was unable to return to Poland and twenty-seven years passed before I was reunited with my siblings. I spent three and a half years in a Catholic Children's Home and then, after completing High School, moved to the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York.
In the ensuing years I worked as a nanny, short-order cook and waitress while studying Art at the State University in New Paltz. After graduation I worked in various capacities - as a rock climbing guide, real estate broker, caterer and freelance illustrator. But all along I had one dream - a dream I held onto since I was a child - to make picture books. My portfolio bulged with art for children and I just hoped for that lucky break.
The break came one day in 1990 as I rode my mountain bike and a turtle crossed the trail in front of me. The serendipitous encounter inspired a poem which led to the publication of my first book, What Am I? An Animal Guessing Game.
My career blossomed with the release of The Itsy Bitsy Spider, an extension of the original rhyme, which is still going strong after an amazing nineteen years. Positive response from early educators encouraged me to retell and illustrate more nursery rhymes, and I am delighted that my books are used in schools nationwide and abroad.
I have always loved children's literature - from the wacky brilliance of Dr. Seuss to the timeless, love-filled classics of Margaret Wise Brown and a slew of others in between. The combination of engaging text and enchanting illustrations has always been an irresistible package, fascinating me all my life. As a child I spent hours immersed in the magical world of picture books. As an adult I try to re-create some of that magic for others to enjoy.
Looking back on my childhood in Poland, I feel that I owe my family gratitude for fostering a creative environment in our home and for instilling in me a love for books, language, art and music. For the brief time that I knew my parents their encouragement left a lasting impression and contributed greatly to the realization of my lifelong dream.

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My 10 month old loves this book.
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Her favorite song/rhyme is Itsy Bitsy Spider, and we sing it several times a day.
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Everytime we sing or read the story she wants "More!".
Russell Bennett

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Soaring Heart on September 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER deserves 5 stars just for the illustrations alone; it has all the colors in the rainbow plus a glossy sheen to highlight/accent them! Also the story is so cute and fun to read! I find no flaws whatsoever in this book--period. 10 STAR BOOK!
I really enjoy singing the song to the story (but it is like a poem, so it isn't necessary if you don't like to sing. If you need it, the music notes are on the last page of the book. You sing the same tune to all the verses of Iza's story.)
I ALWAYS sing the story as my daughter and I are reading it together all the way through. Then when I try to put the book down, she refuses and has to look through it again--the illustrations are that good! The second time I use it as a training tool to teach her the names of objects illustrated. I'll say "where's the spider?" (house, flower, butterfly, turtle, fruit, fan, yellow bucket, mouse, boots, green chair, boots, orange cat, tree, squirrel, rabbit, frog--you get the idea!)
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER is a book for ALL AGES and guaranteed to induce smiles and giggles. You won't find a better childrens' book anywhere--believe me! (We own probably 50+ childrens' books!) Anything Iza does is top knotch but if you can only buy one of hers, this one's it! (But I highly recommend you get "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" also. "I'm a Little Teapot" is on its way...ok, I'm hooked but you will be too!) You won't be disappointed with Iza, trust me!
Thanks Iza!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Elwell on October 21, 2000
Format: Board book
This book is a wonderful addition to any home library, if you can get it onto a bookshelf that is. I am the mother of three girls, a 5 year old and 3 year old twins. My girls love all of Iza's books, but this has remained a "the faviorite" by them all. They sleep with her books, we have two copies of Itsy Bitsy Spider, one being the paperback now covered in packing tape to help preserve it and the new edition the board book in hopes of a lasting bedtime cuddle mate. If you can get your hands on the author reading her books on audio I suggest it greatly. No matter how well you read the audio cassette is still better. Good Luck getting your child to put this one down! (not that we would want that.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bethlovesbooks on September 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read a few versions of this classic rhyme and like this adapatation the best.
First, I like it because the spider is prominent in the storyline and never becomes overwhelmed by other elements. I know this may sound hard to believe, but in another version I picked up, the illustrator was so enamoured with the other animals that the spider was pretty much a second thought. Also, in other versions, they make the spider too small. I know some folks may not like spiders and think the smaller the better, but hey, he's the star of the story!
But the thing that most sets this version off from the rest is its inclusion of additional verses. This version goes on to tell you what happens after the water spout. The extra verses all work together and make the storyline complete. So, if you are like me and find yourself singing this song a lot, you will appreciate the new verses to shake up your routine.
Finally, I appreciate the quality of the illustrations. Nothing too radical, just a cute little spider and lots of colorful and cheerful surroundings. The illustrator doesn't get too cutesy like they sometimes do, and the illustrations fit with my preconceived ideas about what the things in this rhyme "should" look like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Russell Bennett on January 22, 2001
Format: Board book
My girlfriend's daughter received this book as a Christmas gift and when she showed it to me I knew my 19 month old daughter would love it. I am always singing itsy bitsy spider to her and the idea of more verses thrilled me as well. She loved it the moment we sat down with it and now can't wait to show me where the spider is. Everytime we sing or read the story she wants "More!".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Fine on December 15, 2005
Format: Board book
My daughter loves this book. She is 2 1/2 and we read it every night. She can now recite the entire book for me. The pictures are beautiful and I love the way the author has created a new adventure for the spider. I just ordered 5 more books from this author because of the creative ways she expands on a simple nursery rhyme or favorite childhood song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Bartlett on June 13, 2005
Format: Board book
This book was a gift to my son, now 2 1/2. When I first saw it, I thought--how simple, a book about the song we've all grown up singing. How wrong I was! The author very creatively took the one verse I knew as a child and wrapped a new story around it. My son LOVES this board book--he asks me to "read" it (sing it) nightly, and thinks it's funny when Mommy forgets the words to some of Iza Trapani's new verses, and has to look them up in the book. We've even made up our own hand gestures to the modernized verses. A great find!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MomTwoBoys on December 13, 2003
Format: Board book
Iza Trapani did it again! My kids and I love this book! When we get to the part with "the rocking chair" we pack out laughing and have to hold our tummies! Fantastic rhyme and the pictures are loads of fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enoch Peterson on June 30, 2003
Format: Board book
This is the only book my 1 1/2 year old will sit quietly the whole way through. Because of this and other Iza Trapani books we've created some great memories. The artwork is incredible and the stories go beyond what I knew them to be as a child. It's a great book to read to toddlers who may not have the patience for other books.
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