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Spot Goes to School - Eric Hill

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Eric Hill / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 20 Pages / Book is published 2000-01-27 by Puffin

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      26.01.2013 18:54
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      We love Spot

      My youngest daughter really loves books and we always seem to be inheriting them from friends of mine with older children, this was one of the books we have acquired rather than bought.

      The front cover of the book shows Spot the dog covered in paints with an easel in front of him and him making paw prints on the paper in red, green and blue. The title of the book is written in bold black writing across the top of the cover and then the authors name which is Eric Hill is written underneath. The front cover is very inviting being in bright colours and Spot looks like a very happy dog.

      The book is about Spot the little yellow dog who I remember being in books when I was younger so this character has been around for many years. The book begins with Spots Mam seeing him off to school for the first time and Miss Bear the teacher meeting him, Spots school day begins with a sing sing around the piano then him playing in the wendy house and playing with some alphabet blocks. Spots day at school is very full and he takes part in show and tell, plays in the playground, has storytime and reads a book before the story ends with all the Mams and Dads coming to pick the children up.

      The pictures in the book are very brightly coloured and they are all big bold pictures with not a lot of details, the backgrounds of each picture are white making the pictures simple to follow for young children which I like. On every page there is a flap for your child to discover something, on a couple of the pages it is Spot hiding under the flap but there are other items underneath such as a box of paints or a question or saying from Spot.

      The story is very simple and has very few word per page yet has a lot for your child to get from each page such as using it to name colours and simple objects. I think this will be a great book to concentrate on when my youngest starts school later this year. My youngest loves lifting the flaps in the book to see what is underneath and generally lifts the flap as soon as I turn the page as she is so impatient even though she knows what is hiding on every page now as we have read it so much.

      I think the Spot books are lovely, they cover simple topics that your child will go through such as starting school, going on holiday and going to a farm to name a few. My daughters really enjoy the Spot books and they have been around a couple of decades now so you know they are good to have lasted that long. The only issue with them is the flaps are pretty easy to rip off if your child is heavy handed so that may be something to watch out for.

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        09.10.2008 10:23
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        A good toddler book but it won't make your child go to school!

        Spot is one of my son's most loved literary characters. Created by Eric Hill, the Spot range of books are both simple and a delight to read with toddlers. Each story tends to be set around a theme that will be familiar to little ones meaning that you can use the books as a teaching and exploring aid.

        'Spot goes to school' is, unsurprisingly, based around a first day at school. Spot is initially wary about school but soon learns that his friends will be there, that the teacher is nice, that lessons are fun and that, at the end of the day, despite not wanting to go home, mum will be there to collect him. It also, amusingly, teaches mum that children will say that school was "just OK" from the outset!

        In common with many Spot books this book is a 'lift the flap' book allowing the child to discover certain things on the way and encouraging interactive story-telling.

        I think that this book could be a good starting place for children about to embark on their first day at nursery or play-school but there are some issues too.

        My main issue is, perhaps, one that others might not be so concerned about but to me is a big thing. At one stage Spot is meant to be reading but in fact is play fighting with another 'child'. This goes uncorrected and instead is seen as fun. I'm not sure this sends the right message.

        The discovery flaps make quite a bit of sense, allowing the story to develop as they are lifted. This is in contrast to some of the other Spot books (such as 'Spot goes to the park') where the flaps seem to be there for flaps sake.

        The illustrations are typically Spot - bright, bold and simple with just enough detail to keep a curious child satisfied but not so much as to overload the senses. The flaps on my paperback edition are strong enough for daily use but wouldn't withstand tugging or tantrums!

        This is a book that we read again, and again (and sometimes again) with neither of us really tiring of the theme. The length of the book is right for children aged 18-30 months and most will start telling you the story or embellishing it in a short space of time.

        It's not really a bedtime book but is suited to daytime reading.

        I don't think it's really going to solve the problems of a child who doesn't want to go to school but, used in conjunction with other material could be used to aid the first days at school and provide a good basis for discussion.

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          08.03.2008 17:41
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          a brilliant book

          This is another brilliant spot book, i love all of them. This is a lift the flap book.

          At the begining of this book spot is scared of going to school and is very shy when he first arrives at school but he soon settles down and begins to enjoy himself with his new friends clair the turtle, tom the aligator, heleh the hippo and steve the monkey.
          They do show and tell, spell words with wooden blocks, spot spells his name with them, they also paint pictures.
          Spot realises he has actually enjoyed his day at school and now thinks school is great.

          I love this book, the picture of spoty taking his little bag to school looks so cute. This book is ideal for children who are just about to start school as it shows them that they are not the only person scared of going to school and how much fun it can be,
          Both my daughters love this book and the pictures are great. It has lift up faps which are fun and is made of thin card so will last a while.

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            24.10.2000 20:27

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            We got this book out of the library a few weeks before my daughter started at playgroup, and we read it fairly frequently. She progressed from being very threatened at the idea of “school” to being quite excited about it. Spot is welcomed on his first day at school by a benevolent-looking Miss Bear, and fellow pupils Clare the tortoise, Steve the crocodile and Helen the hippo. The lift-the-flap illustrations help to put across a sense of “school” being fun – singing, dressing up, playing in the playground, listening to a story and painting pictures. When Miss Bear tells Spot it’s time to go home, he says “Oh no! Not yet!” and this is the one bit of the book that has really stuck in my daughter’s mind – she still repeats it if she's disturbed in the middle of an enjoyable activity! My daughter’s introduction to playgroup was a lot smoother than I feared it would be and I’m quite convinced it was partly thanks to this book.

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