HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Eency Weency Spider
Author: Joanne Oppenheim
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler
Publisher: Bantam Books for Young Readers, republished in 1997
ISBN-13: 978-0836816907 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0836816900 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0553353044 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0553353047 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Oppenheim, Joanne. Eency Weency Spider (published in 1991 by Gareth Stevens Publishing). We have all probably heard and/or even sung about “Itsy-Bitsy Spider,” but did you know that another name for the song is “Eency Weency Spider”? I didn’t. In this Bank Street Ready-To-Read Level 1 beginning reader, the classic children’s rhyme has been expanded to include other favorite characters such as Little Miss Muffet, Little Jack Horner, and even Humpty Dumpty, who come along on Eency Weency’s travels through the day. “Oh, Eency Weency Spider, weave your silvery web. Oh, Eency Weency Spider, spin your silvery thread. Upsy-downsy outs and ins, see how Eency Weency spins!”
This is one of the early readers that we checked out of the library to give our older son Mark extra practice when he was learning how to read. The rhyming sequences, though sometimes a little awkward, are cute, and the large illustrations are colorful and pretty. In addition to being a good book for a beginning reader, it is great as a read aloud for toddlers. The parent can point to the large text and have the child track the words. When looking up information on this book, I found two other similarly-titled books for children which I also assume are based on the same story, Eency Weency Spider by Margaret Wang and Claudia Rueda (Piggy Toes Press, 2005) and The Eensy-Weensy Spider by Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2000). Another Bank Street Ready-to-Read by Joanne Oppenheim that we used was Wake Up, Baby!