The Itsy Bitsy Spider
From the Set Children's Favorite Activity Songs
Climb up the waterspout with the familiar itsy bitsy spider. Rain or shine, he's always ready to play.
- Song Activity
- Benefits of Nursery Rhymes & Activity Songs
- About the Illustrator
A noteworthy review of Favorite Children's Songs from School Library Journal on January 1, 2010
Very basic activity songs for toddlers are each given their own small book, with stiff pages for little hands, and bright, simple illustrations. Instructions (without drawings) are included for the fingerplays/activities at the end of the books, as well as a list of benefits to children who are exposed to these rhymes and actions. No music is included, making the books less useful for adults who don’t know the tunes. More attractive versions of these finger activities exist with extra verses and fun illustrations suitable to use in preschool storytimes, such as offerings by Ida Trapani and Nadine Westcott. These books would probably be best used in toddler sessions, where the very simplified and large pictures could be shared with a group before everyone has a hand at trying the actions.
A noteworthy review of Favorite Children's Songs from Children's Bookwatch on November 1, 2009
Every child is familiar with the songs that mothers sing to them as infants and toddlers. Now The Child’s World has published a splendidly illustrated series of brightly colored, 16-page, hardcover picture books based on eight of the most popular and well-known of these childhood tunes. Enhanced with a reinforced library binding for an extended shelf life, a section specifically describing movements and gestures, and featuring simple ‘child friendly’ text written at a first grade level with a preschool through second grade interest level, the individual titles comprising this outstanding and highly recommended series for family, school, and community library collections includes Grey Squirrel; I’m a Little Teapot; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; Knock at the Door; Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake; Round and Round the Garden; The Wheels on the Bus; and Where is Thumbkin?. Although each title is available individually, the highest recommendation is for acquisition of the complete set.