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Lots of Spots is lots of fun! This cherished collection of illustrated poems from Caldecott Honoree Lois Ehlert is now available as a Classic Board Book.

Lois Ehlert is at her Ogden-Nashian best in this lively collection of poems about animal camouflage and adornment. Birds and beasts from all walks of the animal kingdom are gathered here, beautifully illustrated in Lois's signature bold and bright collage style.

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Overview

Lots of Spots is lots of fun! This cherished collection of illustrated poems from Caldecott Honoree Lois Ehlert is now available as a Classic Board Book.

Lois Ehlert is at her Ogden-Nashian best in this lively collection of poems about animal camouflage and adornment. Birds and beasts from all walks of the animal kingdom are gathered here, beautifully illustrated in Lois's signature bold and bright collage style.

Now available in a Classic Board Book edition, this beloved assortment of animal poems and illustrations is ideal for the youngest of readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ehlert returns to the territory of her Oodles of Animals (2008) with another illustrated collection of animal-inspired rhymes. The title is a bit of a misnomer, as not all the creatures within have spots; rather, the book focuses on how spots, stripes, and other markings either distinguish or camouflage various bugs, birds, and beasts. Befitting that agenda, Ehlert's mixed-media collages tend more toward the true animal hues found in nature than some of her previous books. The layers of handmade paper--brightly colored and often richly textured--that form each critter, crisply arranged on a white background, lend a sense of up-close immediacy. The very brief verses vacillate between silly ("If a woodpecker would peck/ holes in a wood deck,/ the whole deck, I suspect,/ would be holey-wrecked.") and matter-of-fact ("One barn owl can catch/ more mice and rats/ than a whole family/ of mouser cats."), but all the ditties offer some information about an animal's coloring or behavior. Budding naturalists and animal lovers of a broad range will surely be amused. Ages 3-7. (July)
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* "Captivating...the poems...manage to convey a great deal of factual information in addition to bits of whimsy...This engaging work would be very effective as a read-aloud and will be even more effective when paired with nonfiction titles. Highly Recommended."—Library Media Connection, starred review

"A vibrant, general book about animals for the very young...Children will enjoy paging through and identifying the multitude of brilliantly hued animals that make up this visual zoo."—Booklist

"There are many delights here for sparking up a story time or simply rejoicing in the varied creatures, from lizards to giraffes."—Horn Book Magazine

"Will be appreciated by animal lovers and science fans alike."—Kirkus Reviews

"Ehlert's mixed-media collages tend more toward the true animal hues found in nature than some of her previous books. The layers of handmade paper—brightly colored and often richly textured—that form each critter, crisply arranged on a white background, lend a sense of up-close immediacy...Budding naturalists and animal lovers of a broad range will surely be amused."—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
Gr 2—In keeping with her traditional bold, collage illustrations, Ehlert portrays an array of animals with spots and stripes. Each one is described in a catchy, four-line rhyme. The subjects include a wood duck, an iguana, a turtle, a goose, a goat, a Dalmatian, and a cow, among others. Lots of Spots would make a good addition to an author/illustrator unit on Ehlert's work, but its stand-alone value as a poetry or animal book falls short of remarkable.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Spots and stripes on Earth’s creatures, give each animal unique features. That is exactly what this title is about. An engaging book, one that is filled with animal illustrations, poetry, rhyming, some alliteration, silly poems, some informative and educational poems; but lots and lots of beautiful artwork. Children who love animals will love the illustrations, as they are visually engaging. Younger readers will enjoy a picture walk through the book as the illustrations of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and more are stunning in their layered, textured and creative collage designs. Short snippets of poetry are included with each animal illustration. However, the poems are not meant to be informative or detailed as some are silly and nonsensical. The font used for the text in the poems is small, allowing for the bright animal shades of red, green, blue, orange, purple, gold, and brown to pop-out from the white background. Thirty-five pages with twelve double-page spreads, including the inside front cover. Rounded corners to help the youngest of readers enjoy and point to the pictures. This title is a good resource for promoting print motivation and vocabulary but is better suited to shared reading rather than a read-aloud. Older readers may be motivated to illustrate and write about other birds and beasts and this might also be a resource for studies on animals, poetry, or rhyme. The author has written and illustrated many books for children and won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal in 1990. Simple, but engaging, Lots of Spots provides lots of fun for lots of readers. This is the first board book edition. An ebook version is also available. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid; Ages 3 to 7.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442402898
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 182,729
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, Rrralph!, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, Rrralph!, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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