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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lots of Spots, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Beach Lane, Simon & Schuster, 2010. $21.99 ages 3 and up


Spotted cow eats,
and by and by,
produces white milk
and brown cow pies."

It is with such pleasure I anticipate a new book by Lois Ehlert. Her use of design and white space allows a close look at her glorious artwork. Then, she just pops in little poems about the wondrous animals she has created. The brilliant colors and masterfully cut papers make those creatures come alive on the page and have young readers poring over them with delight.

There are many different spots to 'spot' in her newest work, a companion to Oodles of Animals . The textured papers make you want to reach out and touch! The spots have a wide variety of designs and the animals find their places alongside others who share their space.

The poems are placed to give readers a printed image of those creatures sharing the page. Lois Ehlert chooses her words with careful precision and detail. The text begs to be read aloud, and will be read and read again. There are so many I would love to share with you; rather, I encourage you to get a copy for yourself, your classroom or a special loved one. I will leave you with this:


It must be hard to tell
when zebras join their friends
where one zebra starts
and another zebra ends."

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