Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Spots in a Box

The die-cut circles on the cover of Helen Ward’s latest book, Spots in a Box, will be the first thing kids will want to investigate in this delightfully charming story. Once they open the book, though, they’ll find the rhyming words, the touch-and-feel pages, and the sweet message will be reason enough to stick around.

The story begins: “There once was a guinea fowl without any spots, which made him feel odd ‘cause the others had lots.” So, the spot-free guinea fowl writes a letter asking for spots. The result is quite amusing. Starting the following day, box after box of spots comes, but none of them are the right kind. They’re too tall, sparkly, sneezy, or small. At one point, he even receives a box of “connect-the-dot spots!” Finally, the last box arrives, and though the spots don’t match those of his buddies, they are “wrong in the right sort of way.” He decides to wear them proudly. The story ends with a sound piece of wisdom: “So the best spots to choose if it’s friends that you seek, are the spots that you find put a smile on your beak.”

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