Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spots in a Box by Helen Ward -- ESSENTIAL

Ward, Helen Spots in a Box. PICTURE BOOK.  Templar Books (Candlewick Press), 2014. $16.99. Content: G.

Poor guinea fowl, born with no spots! To help himself feel less out-of-place, he mail-orders replacements, but every delivery is wrong...until one very special boxful makes him smile, and he knows he's found a fashion statement that's all his own.

I love this picture book for so many reasons. The moral about wearing what makes you happy -- even if it doesn't match what everyone else has on -- is wonderful. The illustrations are creative and amusing, with some fun formatting choices that set them apart. Best of all, it's tons of fun to read aloud, with spot-on rhyming (pun intended) and a flowing rhythm. Highly recommended.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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