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Author: Iza Trapani

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Publisher: Whispering Coyote Press, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A "fresh retelling" of the classic rhyme about the spider that climbs the water spout. This book re-spins the old Itsy Bitsy Spider rhyme with fun pictures and new verses describing the spider's day of adventures.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Reading Level: 1.3

Age of Child: Started reading with child 19 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He enjoyed seeing pictures associated with one of his/her favorite rhymes. S/He came back to this book several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are fun.

Pros: Fun illustrations to help toddler visualize classic rhyme.

Cons: Paper pages not conducive to young toddler hands; board version suggested.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The added verses and different scenarios add much fun for this familiar rhyme.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JUMP, FROG, JUMP!   BARNYARD DANCE!   SPOT'S LITTLE BOOK OF FUN: AT THE BEACH (touch and feel)

Educational Themes: A good way to reinforce the classic tale and explore the use of rhyming and imagination.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, rhyme, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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