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Spot Goes to School (color) Paperback – July 22, 2004
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My twin toddlers are HUGE Spot fans. Be warned, however, that Spot plays dress up as a Native American. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TBK
Child loves book but some of the page's flaps were ripped off. Would have sent back but I didn't want to take it away from him.Published 4 months ago by LJ's Momma
The thin pages don't do well with younger children. Was kinda hard to keep it open. My son loves the story though!Published 6 months ago by Julie Holland
Terrible book. Teaches poor lessons about going to school. Went right into the recycling bin. Too bad - my child loved Where's Spot when he was younger.Published 14 months ago by Superalloy
Bought for my 2 year old who was starting school and he loves it!Published 21 months ago by Rebecca