The Very Busy Spider by: Eric Carle
In the Very Busy Spider a spider blows in with the wind, lands on a fence post, and
spends the entire day building a web. She keeps working as various animals tempt her to do other things. At the end of the day, she catches a fly in her web proving it to be not only beautiful but useful too! Then she falls asleep, tuckered out from her busy day. This book is a very simple narrative, making it one of the first stories that children will be able to understand. It is repetitive. Toddlers LOVE repetition and it is good for them. It helps them stay focused on the story, and gives them a chance to "read" something themselves, because they will naturally recite the repetitive bits as you come to them. In this book the spider web is 3D, making it tactile.