Spots In a Box

Spots In a BoxBy Helen Ward

“Why don’t I have spots,” a young guinea fowl wonders as he looks at the other fowls around him. They all have so many. He decides to send away for some spots. But all the spots he receives, big ones, little ones, sparkly ones, splats, and spots meant for other things with spots just don’t seem to work. Just when he thinks there are no more spots for him, a surprise comes in the mail and what he receives is perfect. This rhyming book has a subtle message about individuality. It is a very original way to tell this message and I think older readers, 3rd grade and up will enjoy it. Younger ones may not get it. But there is a lot of room for conversation and class discussion. The illustrations are colorful and stand out against the white background. One illustration that may cause pause for librarians is the connect-the-dots spots page. You just know someone will be “happy” to do that.

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grade K-3

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Spots In a Box
By Helen Ward
Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press
40 pages
Release Date: February 24, 2015

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