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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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