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Spot Goes to School (color) Paperback – July 22, 2004

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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 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Hill is the creator of Spot, the world's favorite puppy, who appeared in his first story, Where's Spot? in 1980 and quickly became one of the best-loved pre-school characters of all time. Today Spot's adventures remain incredibly popular and are enjoyed the world over.
Eric was born on September 7, 1927 in London, and educated at Pooles Park Elementary and Tollington Park Central schools until the outbreak of World War II. At 16 he joined an art studio as a messenger, where he was encouraged to draw cartoons in his spare time. He particularly enjoyed drawing aircraft, and it was the markings of planes that later came to influence the design of Spot, reflected in the spots on his body and the tip of his tail.
In 1976 Eric's son Christopher was born; by the time he was two Eric was making up stories about the adventures of a small puppy to read to him at bedtime and Spot was born!
The design of the books was inspired by an advertising flyer Eric had devised involving a flap covering an amusing picture. When Eric showed this to Christopher he saw how responsive he was to the idea and incorporated it into his book. Although initially created just as a story to please his son, Where's Spot? was actually published as a children's book in 1980 and started a new publishing concept of interactive books for babies'. The innovative lift-the-flap concept, combined with the simple story and quirky, charming illustrations, helped Where's Spot? become an instant hit with young children and within weeks it was at the top of the UK best-seller list.
The playful puppy soon became hugely popular and a series of adventures followed, including the introduction of Spot's friends and family. Spot expanded from the original lift-the-flap books to interactive storybooks, sound books and audio books. There are currently eight series of Spot animation available on DVD and these have been broadcast and sold on video and DVD all over the world.
Spot's own website funwithspot.com was launched in 2000 to coincide with Spot's 20th anniversary. Incorporating fun and learning it has helped thousands of young children develop their on-line skills through interactive games and activities. The site receives 10 million hits and 70,000 unique visitors per month.
As well as his son Christopher, Eric also has a daughter, Jane, who works very closely with her father on many Spot projects. Eric remains involved in the development of all Spot projects at every stage. He and his wife Gillian divide their time between California and France with a varied collection of animals which provide continual inspiration for the Spot stories.
Eric was one of the 'literary ambassadors' invited to The Children's Party at the Palace to commemorate The Queen's 80th birthday at Buckingham Palace in June 2006. This highlight of Eric's career was followed with the award of an O.B.E. for services to children's literature in the 2008 New Year's Honors List.

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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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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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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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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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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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excellent books to read and we love Spot and the other stories, great condition, great transaction , perfect will buy again
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