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"Spot is one of the essential experiences of childhood." (Parents magazine)

About the Author

Eric Hill (www.funwithspot.com) left school when he was 15 and took up cartooning while working as a messenger at an art studio. He created Where's Spot? as a bedtime story for his two-year old son. It was published four years later, and the rest is history. Eric Hill passed away in July 2014.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Spot
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Warne; Ltf edition (July 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401675
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book to prepare my daughter for preschool. It shows Spot's mom dropping him off at school, Spot's friends at school, the activities that he participate in when he gets there and that he is having fun, and all the mom's picking the kid animals up afterwards. I bought many first day at preschool books, and I like this one because it is a fun way to show them what to expect without getting too serious like a lot of the other books.
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My 2 1/2 yr daughter loved this week. It is a flip book and at her age that is very attractive. It also shows spot having lots of fun and although a little shy as he starts the day it does not show him crying. I was looking for books that helped her see how mom will not be with her and how she will come back to pick her up with out showing the preschooler crying and this one was perfect!
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When we got this book, my bookworm toddler acted like she didn't care about it....then proceeded to "read" it to herself by turning the pages and lifting the flaps until it was time to bathe! The flaps are nice and sturdy (like thick heavyweight scrapbooking paper), and the story itself will probably be enjoyed when she's old enough to go to school. Spot goes through all the emotions that little ones experience when starting school -- shyness, then warming up to everyone & everything , and finally he can't believe that it's time to go home! -- so I can see how a preschooler would enjoy reading this in preparation for "the big day".
The illustrations don't seem as "done" as the "Where's Spot?" book -- maybe the illustrations in this one could be classified as "classic Spot"?
One thing: if, like my toddler, your toddler is overzealous and rips off the flaps of these types of books, try this trick: pre-fold the flaps before giving it to them. And if it rips off anyway, use Elmer's glue to glue it back on, wait overnight to dry it, and prefold the flap before giving it back to the toddler. I've fixed our lift-the-flaps countless times (she IS a bookworm, after all) and it always works....never had to fix the same page twice.
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By Keri Kilpatrick on February 10, 2016
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I should have done a bit more reading about this product, I'm sad that it was not the cardboard book like the other Spot titles I have for my daughter. She's already destroyed it. Kind of a boring book too.
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I purchased Spot Goes to School for my 2-year-old daughter prior to her beginning pre-school in the hopes that it would frame school as a positive experience and it didn't disappoint! The book uses bright illustrations and clear, simple language to tell it's story. My daughter loved the book the first time I read it to her and now many months later as a seasoned preschooler she still loves it .

This is one of several books I bought my daughter to help prepare her for preschool and for both of us it has been the favorite of the group by far. The story itself shows Spot's mom dropping him off at school, Spot and his friends participating in a variety of fun and typical preschool-age activities (singing songs, outdoor play, and art), and all the parents picking up their respective kids at the end of the day. I appreciated that the story didn't include Spot crying and didn't delve into any negatives or struggles some children have when they first attend school. I also liked that the story was straightforward and thus can be easily understood by the very littlest readers. My daughter absolutely loves the art and now that she's in school herself enjoys telling me how her experiences at school are like Spot's. She's also thrilled with any "lift-the-flap" style book, this one included. The book is nicely-made and none of the flaps have ripped thus far, but for a two-year-old my daughter IS pretty gentle with them so I'm not sure she's the best case study in that respect.

I'd recommend Spot Goes to School for the 1 to 4 year age range. The book is very relatable for small children who attend pre-school or group daycare and thus will be a hit for most.
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Not too fond of how this book was written, the story is all over the place, there are some things that I think should of been added to make it more complete..when reading this to my daughter I sort of fill some areas as I'm reading, its like there are sentences missing or words..that could make it more complete. Hard to explain. I know its a childrens book, but its just not fun to read..
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Format: Board book
We have five of the series: Spot's Windy Day, Spot Goes splash, Spot's First Walk,
Spot Goes to the Farm and Spot Goes to School.

My three-year old son loves the series, asking us to read all the books almost three
times a day. This, even when he has a number of books.

Spot is a cute little pup, doing things the way kids do, with little fear and sense of
wonder. Children identify with the pup in the way it explores life around. Out of all
the books we have, three have flaps. Children are always eager to
lift the flap and see what is hidden there. It is like playing a 'peek a boo' game with
the pup around!

Why four stars then? In the presence of new books in the market, these books do seem
dated. That's all. In 1995, I would have given if all five.

I must mention minimal text and that too in large letters as one of the books' strong points.
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