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Jun 02 2020

Where's Spot? by Eric Hill

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Spot the Dog. Puffin, 2020. ISBN: 9780241446850. Board book.
(Age: 0+) Highly recommended. With a gorgeous ruby cover to celebrate 40 years since the publication of this classic picture book, young and old alike will delight in the simple story of Sally trying to find Spot the little puppy. She looks in all sorts of places, under the stairs, in a box, under the rug, but Spot is not there. Instead she finds an array of smiling creatures, a crocodile, a snake, a bear, and a hippopotamus until she finally finds him and gives him his dinner.
The gentle refrain of "Is he in the . . . "; "Is he under the . . . " will be one that children can repeat along with the reader and then shout out a resounding "No." There will be opportunities for children to play hide and seek themselves and peek-a-boo after reading the story. The simple repetition and large print will also help emerging readers as they repeat familiar pages.
The pages are sturdy and the lift-the-flaps are big enough for little fingers to handle. What makes it so special are the big images of Sally the dog, outlined in black and the vivid colours that children are sure to enjoy.
This is a lovely book that will bring back memories to the generations who have read it aloud to children. Now their children have the opportunity to read it to their children as a board book and grandparents will be overjoyed to bring back memories with this gift to their young grandchildren as well.
Pat Pledger

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