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Spot's First Walk Paperback – February 1, 1994

4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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About the Author

Eric Hill was born in North London in 1927 and, apart from a brief period of evacuation, lived there for many years. His career as an artist began when he was employed as a messenger in an art studio and was encouraged to draw. Eric's son was born in 1976 and he began to write stories about a puppy to read to him at bedtime, and so Spot was born. The family moved to California in 1983 but Eric continues to visit the UK several times a year and is very involved in developing Spot projects. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Series: Spot
  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140507256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140507256
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,325,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Eric Hill's 1981 `Spot' book by Eric Hill contains his signature large black font; big, bright pictures; and look-under-the flap surprises so prevalent in this series. These elements, along with some adventure, humor, and the loveable yellow Spot make this an appealing book for young audiences and beginning readers.

After his mom, Sally, warns Spot to watch out on his journey, Spot's first walk results in surprises (often hidden under the flaps), mildly dangerous situations (a cat snarls at the young, innocent Spot), new scents (colorful garden populated by a butterfly and two bees, and new friends. In the denouement, a fish (under a flap) warns Spot not to fall into the pond from which he is about to drink. The next page shows a soaked, but safe Spot heading back home. In another nice humorous touch, Sally asks Spot what he's been doing. The wet Spot, with flower, vegetable, and bone souvenirs of his first walk beside him, replies," Nothing." 24 pages long, with fairly sturdy flaps that should withstand nightly use for some time.
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Format: Board book
We loved the first Spot book that we read, "Where's Spot?" but our second foray into Spot's world was not as successful.

This book relies more on the parent crafting the story and using the words on the pages as secondary. For instance, one page just has a bee saying "Thank you!" which doesn't make any sense, so you either don't read it, or you make something up for "Thank you!" to make sense.

My toddler is learning letters and words so I prefer books where I can point to the words as I say them and have him connect the sounds to the letters.
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This is the best children's book ever. I replaced this 4 times when my children were growing up and they are now 21 and 22 and still remember "Spot". I recently purchased this for my great niece at Christmas and she loves it!
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The usual Spot flip-pieces book, but not nearly as interesting as "Where's Spot?", with tiny flip pieces. The flip pieces are tiny (ex: a ball the size of a quarter, with just a speech bubble beneath) and rip off with only a tiny tug (clear packing tape to the rescue).
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Daughter loves this book to bits! Frog, pretty to pretend to sniff, yummy carrots and a bone for spot!!! However one "scary" pages with a haunted-looking house and screeching cat that my daughter (on her own accord...surprising,) now chooses to "skip" over. Funny b/c I always said "meow", but she somehow developed a fear. Nevertheless great book-heavy rotation.
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I'm putting only 4 stars because this book is no nobel prize or anything, so I don't want people to expect the best in children litterature :)

But it's one of my son's (2 1/2 year-old) favorite books. He has memorized every page and will sit there on his own going through the book and telling the story. The sentences are very simple (3-4 word sentences that a 2 year old can easily repeat) and the flaps add to the interactive experience. Obviously we also read this book with him and it's an occasion for silly questions and a lot of fun. We own a few other of these Spot lift-the-flap books, and we all like them a lot. I can see our toddler reading them to our baby when he's older :)
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Format: Paperback
This is one of my 16-month-old's favorites. I'm impressed with how durable the flaps are for a children's book, as she's been unable to pull them off thus far. She's even started saying the cute little phrases under some of the flaps as she lifts them. Great book!
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Spot the Dog is a book series written by Ernest Hemingway under the pseudonym Eric Hill. The book centers around the titular character Spot, a young golden retriever who struggles with alcoholism and a shattered sense of masculinity. Spot the Dog showcases Hemingway's hallmark minimalism: "Where's Spot? Is he under the stairs? Is he in the box? No. He's at the bar. Sipping whiskey. Sucking on cigarettes. Suffering"
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