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Itsy Bitsy Spider

Do you ever wonder why the spider crawled up the water spout? And why does the author tell us that it was an "itsy-bitsy spider"? All spiders are pretty small, even the big ones! So what is this song about?

The song was probably intended to explain that many spiderlings (baby spiders) climb tall things (like the water spout) and then "balloon" away from the spout by using their own silk to ride the wind, sometimes for thousands of feet. This helps them move away from their brothers and sisters to avoid from fighting for food. Dean Naston, a representative of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory (both are in California) wrote to provide this information and an ending to the song that he has written for all you future scientists out there!

Also called "Eensy Weensy Spider." 

The eensy weensy spider
Crawled up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the eensy weensy spider
Crawled up the spout again.

New verse:

The itsy-bitsy spider
Stuck out two spinnerets
Out came a web
made-up of tiny threads
Along came the wind
That blew so far away
Where the itsy-bitsy spider found
A brand new place to play!
And why do they do this?