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Spot's First Christmas board book Board book – September 22, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Spot
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; Brdbk edition (September 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399235973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399235979
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spot discovers the Christmas spirit . . . in this new miniature edition. . . . (The Horn Book)

About the Author

Eric Hill was born in North London and lived there for many years. He started his artistic career as an art studio messenger and from there went on to become a cartoonist and eventually an art director at a leading advertising agency. In 1978 Eric made up a story about a small puppy to read to his son at bedtime and Spot was born. The success of his first bestselling lift-the-flap classic Where's Spot? in 1980 convinced him to become a full-time author. Eric currently resides in France. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We are first graders in Lockport, NY. Our names are Patrick and Zachary. We have read all of the Spot lift-the-flap books. Our favorite book is Spot's First Christmas. We like Christmas. We like when Spot almost tipped over the tree. We hope Eric Hill writes 500 more Spot lift-the-flap books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My name is Cory Smith. I am in first grade. I LOVE all the Spot lift-the-flap books! My favorite book is Spot's First Christmas. I like when Spot finds the bone on the Christmas tree. I hope Eric Hill writes lots and lots of Spot lift-the-flap books!!!!
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By YiayiaMouse on October 3, 2013
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I fell in love with Spot for his sweet nature and Christian values. The books are great pre- and first readers and our son enjoyed them as a baby, as have our godsons, and nieces and nephews... now begins the next generation as we have made this purchase for our granddaughter and for our grand-nephew. You cannot go wrong with SPOT!
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By KCP on January 19, 2012
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My son is 10 months old and he loves this book and lifting all the flaps. Everything I expected from a Spot book.
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By Lou Ann Lee on November 28, 2011
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This is so much fun for a one-year old child. My granddaughter loves lifting the tabs and is learning all about Christmas. The book is durable too. A real classic!
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