Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
Published by Putnam Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin
Spot has not eaten his supper, but his mother Sally cannot find him anywhere! She begins to look all over the house for him: in the clock, under the bed, under the rug. Although Spot is not any of these places, there is always a helpful animal (or even multiple animals) to let Sally know that, no, Spot is not there.
Of all the books we read, “Where’s Spot” is probably the most interactive.On every page, Spot’s mother Sally asks “is he in the ____?” and the response from the animal in that hiding space is always “no.” Not only does Daniel get to lift a flap on every page, he also gets to help tell the story. He figured out the pattern very quickly to lift the flap and respond “no” to Sally’s question. Plus, he’s a toddler, so “no” is his favorite word anyway. I sometimes find Daniel sitting down on his own with “Where’s Spot” lift flaps and saying, “no!”
We have other Spot books, which we enjoy, but I – and Daniel – like “Where’s Spot” the best, because of the degree of autonomy it gives Daniel in interacting with the story.
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