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When I was about seven or eight years old and in primary school , my teacher used to make us take home two books a week , one Welsh and one English , so that we could practise reading at home. While most of my friends didn't like the whole reading thing , I absolutely loved it and would often take home a new book everyday , take it home to read that night then return it the next day and choose another book and do the same again. I also think that this was the reason why my teachers praised my spelling and reading skills so much when I was younger , because I read so much.
One of the books I used to love was out of the 'Spot the Dog' series by Eric Hill. This particular book is called 'Spot Goes To The Farm'. Now , Who is Spot ? For those of you who don't know , Spot is a little yellow puppy , he lives with his mum and dad. He has a monkey friend called Steve , another friend who is a Hippo called Helen and another friend called Tom.
The cover of this book is very attractive. It consists of an illustrated picture ; Spot is seen stroking a hen , which is sitting on the straw. This book is available to buy from Amazon for a small price of £3.99 which I think is reasonable considering this book is a 'lift-the-flap-style book'.
In this particular book , Spot visits the farm where his Dad Sam , works. Sam wants Spot to see all the baby animals. During his time at the farm , Spot discovers some kittens in a laundry basket , which his father did not know about. Follow Spot on his day out at the farm.
I used to love this book when I was about five. I also used to love the Welsh version of this book too. I think this book is perfect for young children between the ages of four and seven who are just beginning learning to read. I particularly like the 'lift-the-flap' technique as it make sure that the young learner stays interested throughout! It is also a great learning tool , because it shows youngsters at a young age that reading can be fun , and so hopefully will encourage them to read more. During the story , the same question is asked 'Are they (the animals) in the ...?' which turns it into a little game for kids and so they will love the whole 'guessing' part which will keep them turning the pages , which means that they will continue to read on.
The story is very exciting and easy to follow for young children. There are twenty four pages in this book which means it is 'short' enough and not too long for young children to lose interest.The pages are big , bright and colourful and the font is 'large' enough to read easily , with simple words which means it's perfect for children who are just starting learning to read. I love how well-illustrated this book is ; the illustrations are so colourful and explain each 'scene' fully which means it helps the children link the 'words' with the pictures , and so will help them understand what the words they are actually reading/listening to mean. This book will also help them learn what 'baby horses are' , for example they are foals and so it will introduce new words to their vocabulary.
I would strongly recommend this to all parents of young children who are about to start learning to read! This book is a perfect 'first book'. Young children will love it!
Thanks For Reading!
October 20th 2009
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
As a child, I remember being very fond of the loveable Spot, both in book form and the cartoon. He is an animated puppy created by Eric Hill in 1980, and has been a popular kids' choice in bookshops ever since. Hill has written a number of Spot books featuring Spot, his mum and dad and a number of his friends.
This particular book, Spot Goes To The Farm, sees an excited Spot being taken to the farm by his dad with a promise that there are some baby animals to find. Each page features a different animal, and behind a flap is the animal with a speech bubble telling you what noise the animal makes visible before the flap is lifted. By the end of the book, Spot finds th baby piglets that his dad has brought him to see, but he also finds some baby kittens as well.
It is a lovely story, well illustrated and educational as well as entertaining for the children. You can help the kids associate animals with their particular sounds, using the flaps to hide the animal while the child practcies remembering which animal makes the sound. At the same time, the flaps on each page gives the child a bit of interaction with the story, making it more fun. I have always felt this about the Spot books in general.
This story is available either in paperback, hardback or as a board book, and retails at £7.99 for the hardback, but a little less for the paperback. I would recommend this for young kids. My 4 year old is a bit bored of it now, and because he's had it for a while, the page are rather worn and he has ripped some of the flaps off as well. This is to be expected though, so if you get the book and your kid has an urge to rip it, don't be surprised. Either way, a thoroughly recommended book for young kids.
Spot Goes To The Farm - by Eric Hill
Everyone must surely be aware of the Spot books Eric Hill first created Spot back in 1980 and the cute dog character has been a firm favourite for pre-school children ever since. I have fond memories of my childhood when these books were pride of place on my bookshelf and today they are pride of place on Jack book shelf.
Spot is a cute, chubby and friendly dog that gets up to all sorts of mischief. In this book I am reviewing Spot takes a trip to the farm. This particular book I have is a board book but the same book is available in hardcover with paper pages or indeed soft paper cover with paper pages. The book still costs the same though and that price is £4.99 pence. These books are widely available in every bookstore or they can be found easily online at places such as Amazon or eBay.
The story is pretty simple and it begins with Spot and his Dad at the farm and his Dad says that he has some baby animals to show to Spot and Spot wants to find them himself. Each page you turn you see Spot looking in different places to try and find the baby animals. He looks in the barn and you have to lift the flap to see that he doesn't find baby animals but instead a large cow. The next page you have to lift the flap of the stable door to see a horse but no baby animals. The book carries along with this theme, each page you lift a flap to reveal a different animal in a different area of the farm, until finally you get to the last two pages which is where you find some piglets hiding behind a fence and then the very last page Spot also finds some kittens hidden in the washing basket!
The pictures are beautifully illustrated with bright bold colours and easy to see animals. It is good for young children because it teaches them which animals are which and because each animal has a sound bubble coming from them you are able to see what noise that animal makes as well.
The flaps on each page are not that strong and Jack has now got into the habit of trying to tear the flaps off the pages. I have to really watch him when he goes for these sorts of books as the flaps can be torn off easily. However Jack does really enjoy the Spot books and especially this one as he is very keen on all the different sorts of animals and loves it when I make the noises.
The bright pictures keep him interested and that fact that he can lift the flaps himself makes him feel really involved with the book when I am reading the words. The print is big and bold so easy to read and there are only a few words which I think is really all that is needed.
I would highly recommend buying these books if you have small children. They are hard wearing if you get the board book versions and I am sure they are a timeless classic that will be loved by young children for many years to come. The price is very reasonable for such a good book and you can pick them up for a lot cheaper if you get them from boot sales or indeed the Internet.
10/10 for Eric hill and his wonderful book Spot on The farm.
I hope this has been interesting. Thanks for taking the time to read.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Springtime is fast approaching and trips to farms etc make this book all the more exciting for pre-school children.
As the title suggest, this book is all about Spot's visit to the farm and even more appealing to children is the use of baby animals!
Spot's Dad takes him to a farm with the promise that he has some baby animals to show him, but which babies are they?
And so begins the hunt around the farm for the animals:
" Are they in the stable?"
" Are they in the barn?"
As they go on the hunt for the baby animals, the horse behind the stable door that has to be lifted says: "Neigh! No foals here." and the cow behind the door of the barn says: "Moo! No calves here."
They come across numerous animals, e.g. a hen, some sheep until Spot's Dad tells him to follow and there in the sty, behind the gate (which again has to be lifted open by the reader) are the piglets!
Spot is delighted to have eventually found some baby animals rather than their mothers and an added bonus for him is that in the washing basket he finds a cat with some kittens.
Anyone familiar with Eric Hill and Spot books will know that the drawings are very simple, bold and clear, simple enough for children to make attempts at copying them as they aren't too intricate or detailed.
They are all set against a white background which makes them stand out even more.
Style and Format
As with most books in the Spot series, this has a very simple story with limited text.
The exciting part for children are the flaps which are on every page with the exception of the first and last. Pre-school children really enjoy looking to see what Spot has found and there's an added clue of the noise each animal makes before lifting the flap.
This book is ideal for 1 to 2 year olds upwards and they rarely tire of the lifting the flaps and finding the animals, the difficulty from an adult's point of view is that they often want to read it a few times in one sitting!
I really like Eric Hill's Spot books as not only do they offer enjoyment but also have a substantial amount of eductional values:
* This is an excellent book for introducing very young children to not only animal sounds but the names of animals and their offspring, e.g ducklings, lambs, piglets, foals, calves etc
* The simple text is great for emergent readers.
* It encourages an inquisitive nature and a love of books through interactivity and the bold, interesting illustrations.
* It's great for developing fine motor skills with the lift-the-flap opportunities, just take care that the flaps aren't accidentally ripped off by 'little', eager hands. If this does happen then they are easily repaired with a bit of sellotape!
* For slightly older children it's a good starting point for looking at very basic punctuation like question marks and exclamation marks.
* Again, for slightly older children, the concept of speech bubbles can be introduced through this book.
* It's also good for positional vocabulary, e.g in, behind etc
Spot and Eric Hill
Spot was first introduced in the book 'Where's Spot' and more than a quarter of a century on, this loveable puppy is still delighting pre-school children.
There are a huge range of Spot books available which are definitely worth taking a look at if you have children of this age:
* Spot's first walk
* Spot's Birthday party
* Spot goes to school
* Spot goes on holiday
* Spot goes to the circuss
* Spot bakes a cake
* Spot's First Christmas
There is also an aimated series of Spot and a few educational videos relating to time, the alphabet and number.
For those of you who has a huge Spot fan in the house his official website is well worth a visit as games etc can be downloaded. www.funwithspot.com
~ Price ~
This book has been published by a number of publishers, all with varying covers. Mine has a different cover to the one shown by dooyoo but the same title
My copy is quite old and cost £3.99 but they average at about £4.99 nowadays. However, Amazon have the following bargains in used and new books:
* paperbacks from 1p
* boardbooks (great for very, very young children) from just 1p!
* hardcovers from 99p.
There is also a VHS tape available of Spot goes to the farm from 60p and a DVD from £4.
P.S. Here's hoping that this review publishes in full!!