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Spots in a Box
by Helen Ward


Overview - One bird searches for the perfect print for his plumage in this original story.

A young guinea fowl concerned by his lack of spots sends off for some in the mail. When the box arrives, the spots aren't quite what he was expecting. After trying on big spots, small spots, striped spots, and even glow-in-the-dark spots, he finds a pattern that suits him perfectly in this touching, quirky celebration of individuality.  Read more...


 
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Overview
One bird searches for the perfect print for his plumage in this original story.

A young guinea fowl concerned by his lack of spots sends off for some in the mail. When the box arrives, the spots aren't quite what he was expecting. After trying on big spots, small spots, striped spots, and even glow-in-the-dark spots, he finds a pattern that suits him perfectly in this touching, quirky celebration of individuality.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763675974
  • ISBN-10: 0763675970
  • Publisher: Templar Books
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.85 x 0.35 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Colors

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

A guinea fowl who lacks the dense white speckles of his brethren tries to find an acceptable substitute, scrawling out a letter that reads “please send spots.” The wild variety of spots that arrive “in a promising package tied up with string” let Ward exercise her considerable artistic talents as the dewy-eyed fowl contends with spots that are far too large, much too tiny, or “no spots at all” (die-cut holes drive this particular effect home). Ward’s watercolors showcase her signature attention to detail, and foil and glitter accents enliven the pages as the guinea fowl tries out “Spots that lit up, useful only at night.../ and some that were simply too sparkly and bright.” (Librarians beware: some readers will find it impossible to resist drawing the outline of the bird in a spread in which his body is transformed into a scattering of numbered “connect-the-dots spots.”) Ward’s whimsical imaginings and tight-as-a-drum verse supply plenty of entertainment on their own, but a subtle message about difference gives the story some heft, too. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)

 
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