Spot’s First Easter – Saturday Story Spotlight

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.

Spot’s First Easter by Eric Hill
Published by Putnam Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin

Lift the flap books in general are a huge hit in our house, as are the Spot books in particular. In Spot’s First Easter, Spt and his hippo friend Helen are looking for the eggs hidden by the Easter bunny.

There are lots of reasons to like Spot’s First Easter. Of course, there is the beloved familiar character, and the joy for a toddler of getting to lift the flaps and see what is underneath. Then, there’s the introduction to the idea of searching for Easter eggs, which we’re capitalizing on before a couple of egg hunts this year. Finally, there is a math component that can be added for older kids. We know right away that the Easter bunny hid six eggs, once Spot and Helen find two, how many are left? This is written into the book at the midpoint, but parents can work it in throughout the text to support pre-subtraction skills.

A great book for the secular side of Easter, although I wish it wasn’t Spot’s First Easter, since it probably will  be better for most kids’ subsequent Easters.

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