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Lots of Spots Hardcover – July 20, 2010


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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–In keeping with her traditional bold, collage illustrations, Ehlert portrays an array of animals with spots and stripes. Each one is described in a catchy, four-line rhyme. The subjects include a wood duck, an iguana, a turtle, a goose, a goat, a Dalmatian, and a cow, among others. Lots of Spots would make a good addition to an author/illustrator unit on Ehlert's work, but its stand-alone value as a poetry or animal book falls short of remarkable.Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL
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From chameleons to eels, chickadees to macaws, and badgers to butterflies, each of the 50 featured creatures in Ehlert's latest offering sports distinctive markings, from stripes and rings to the plenty of spots mentioned in the title. Each spread features a beautiful collage illustration of an animal, accompanied by a poem of four short, catchy lines. Some of the verse is relatively generic: “A giraffe's neck / is so tall / that it towers / over all.” Still, each selection includes a basic zoology concept: “A moth's / flight / awaits / moonlight.” More consistent is the appealing art, which makes amazing use of color, shape, and texture on clean, white double-page spreads. This is most successful as a vibrant, general book about animals for the very young rather than as a primer on camouflage, but a short author's note does add more scientific facts about the menagerie's markings. Children will enjoy paging through and identifying the multitude of brilliantly hued animals that make up this visual zoo. Preschool-Grade 1. --Andrew Medlar
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144240289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402898
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lots of Spots is a superb collection of animals that young ones will enjoy paging through time and again. The 50 plus mammals, birds, fish and reptiles are all rendered in the artists signature collage style and seem to actually leap off the page. The rhymes range from the whimsical to the informative and back again, providing a nice accompaniment to each illustration.

While this is a great book for a preschooler to sit down and share with mom and dad, I wish that each page would have been less crowded so the book could have then been more effectively used for group sharing. The white background is perfect for these illustrations, giving them stark contrast. The sheer number of them per spread sometimes lessens their impact. Some spreads are perfect in that they feature one or two animals, while one two page spread crams in six birds along with their poems. The ending is perfect with a long neck giraffe extended over two pages.

I of course do not possess this author's superior artistic judgement and I am sure this book will find plenty of fans. It's whimsical tone and superb illustrations will mark it as a stand out for toddlers, preschoolers, and even early elementary students. I just can't help wishing it would have been organized a bit differently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on May 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes we are inclined to use a board book too early with a child. This may be such an instance. Make no mistake THIS IS A GREAT BOOK ! But because of the number of pages and the short poems that are matched to the animals you'll find it is best to hold back here until the child can fully manage a "thicker" book and appreciate/enjoy the clever poetry.

I will certainly save this for my grandchild but I'll give it to her when she is two or three years old rather than when she is in the 16-20 month range. On the other hand, I might take it out occasionally to just look at the splendid illustrations of critters and then, after enjoying the visual stimulation with Brynn, reshelf it until later !

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nanny Jen on February 28, 2013
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I love Lois Ehlert books, but this one takes the cake. It is so beautifully illustrated and it's full of short rhymes on every page which makes for the best kind of book for toddlers. (and older, too)! It is very creative and funny and would hold any child's attention. It is so much fun to read outloud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on August 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We love the cut paper illustrations; we are illustration fanatics. The book does such an interesting job with spotted animals, and also striped (not in the title)

Each animal has a cute little poem with it -- it's great.
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