Sunday, July 25, 2010

Where's Spot? by Eric Hill

This lift-the-flap book is a firm favourite of Ryan's. We introduced it when he was a few months old and he loved it from the start. He learned very quickly where the flaps were on each page and how to lift the flaps himself. He's torn off some of the flaps a few times (and I've patched them back each time).

The story is about a search for Spot who has hidden himself somewhere. The flaps hide the various hiding places that he could be in and the reader lifts the flaps to see if Spot is hiding there. The reader encounters various animals who are in these hiding places and the story ends when Spot is finally found, which is a nice way to "reward" the reader for going through the search.

Ryan enjoys it when I read this book with different voices for each animal and he always has a good time. First published in 1980, this is the first of many adventures of Spot and you can now find a whole library of Spot books. This particular book is a good way to introduce concepts like "under", "inside" and "behind". The flaps provide good finger-training too.


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