The Itsy Bitsy Spider: The Legend Behind the Myth

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Etsy (for signed copies)

…and the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again.” But WHY?? Everyone knows the rhyme, but no one knows the real reason behind that infamous climb. Are you ready to learn the truth?

So there I was, humming along to myself, er, I mean, singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider to my toddler…

Anyway I got to the end of a perfectly innocent run-through of those famous lyrics when I realized something. This spider is totally nuts. He’s just been washed all the way down a water spout, which must be absolutely harrowing, not to mention dangerous and depressing if his goal was to ever reach the top. But there he goes, right back up again before the last drops are even dry. I don’t know whether to pity or admire the gutsy arachnid.

Another thought occurred to me during that nursery rhyme deconstruction session.  I surely mustn’t be the only one who has ever wondered. The people deserve to know. So I inquired of the IBS himself, and he enthusiastically dictated his side of the story, and hired me to illustrate his explanation.  I am happy to announce that the mystery is now solved and immortalized for the enlightenment of future generations. No more will we judge harshly or jump to inaccurate conclusions about the little guy’s motives.

This interactive and humorous story is available in paperback and in hardcover by request.

I also offer discounts to schools and wholesalers, If you are interested you may email me at [email protected].  A wonderfully unique gift idea is to give the book (or any of my books) as a set with a necklace, bracelet, original framed miniature painting, or key chain hand-painted by me, the illustrator. See my work at my Etsy shop, SkipperBay