A new Raffi board book to delight the youngest of fans! Arachnophobes, beware: there’s a spider on the floor! A perfect silly song sure to delight and entertain toddlers everywhere, Raffi’s latest board book is a welcome addition to the series. True Kelley’s irresistible artwork is the perfect showcase for the busy spider who climbs up an old woman, and along the way, manages to ensnare lots of critters in its web, including a family dog, a snake, an alligator, a skunk, an octopus, an elephant, a moose, and even a dinosaur! Whew!This latest high-energy entry in the Raffi Songs to ReadR board book collection is just right for very young children. The repetition, rhythm, and rhyme will help build early language skills and the outrageous story will have children clamoring for it again and again. “There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor. . . .”
Raffi Cavoukian?was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1948 to Armenian parents. Music and literature were very much a part of Raffi’s own childhood, leading to his interest in learning the guitar as a teenager. In 1970 he began his career as a performer in local music spots and later transitioned to performing music for children. As his career progressed, Raffi realized there wasn’t quality recorded music for children. He then recorded and released Singable Songs for the Very Young. After its success, he recognized his fun songs could be adapted into books to help children read. Favorite songs were then printed in booklets, which were illustrated by the children themselves or by older students—as a result, the children had instant books that they could use at their own level of proficiency. This led to the publication of?Down by the Bay?and?Shake My Sillies Out, followed by other titles in the?Songs to Read?series. In 1998, Raffi published his first book for adults—an autobiography detailing the story of his unique life and career, including his efforts to blend respect for both children and the natural world, in order to work toward a child-honoring society.True Kelley?is the author and illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, including?Who Was Pablo Picasso?, Who Was Abigail Adams?, and?Hazel Nutt, Mad Scientist, winner of the Golden Duck Award for Best Children's Illustrated Book. She lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband, fellow writer Steven Lindblom.