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What Spot?

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1963 by HarperCollins Publishers
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John Hedrick
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: read-in-print
This is one of my favorite children's picture books. It's the story of two friends (a walrus and a persnickety puffin) and a spot in the snow. A spot which is more than a spot. As fitting early reader books, the story is told simply, but this one uses several refrains which are a lot of fun to read. These refrains take on slightly different meanings as the story unfolds leading to a very funny and satisfying ending. My children and I still laugh every time we read it. Although the laughter may a ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: easy-readers
Too repetitive and weak payoff.
I picked this one up at the library because it's a Crosby Bonsall creation, and I am a devoted Crosby Bonsall fan. I enjoyed the illustrations (especially of the pious puffin) and the dialogue between the animals. The repeated refrains make it good reading practice for beginners and the humor will keep them interested. Because it is a beginning reader, it might not make a snappy read-aloud, but classrooms studying polar animals may want to add this to the "To Read" list.
This is an okay story -- there's not really much of a moral here, I don't think. Walrus is curious, which is good. Puffin is in a deep sea of denial. I loved the pages where Walrus imagined what could be underground. When they eventually uncover the "thing," Puffin ends up endagered by it -- and I didn't really understand why all the other animals said, "It's nothing," when they saw him. Taste of his own medicine or something? But in the end, Walrus is a good friend.
Christine Turner
The adventure of a walrus, a puffin, and a cart.

Subject: Walrus -- Fiction.
Snow -- Fiction.
Puffin -- Fiction
Objects -- Fiction
Geographic Term:
Arctic regions -- Fiction

Note: Nice size font, and text. Uses repetitive words to encourage success. Longer -- adverages 3 or more sentences a page.
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those vultures from The Jungle Book
Shelves: child-ya
A puffin may, or may not, have eye-problems.
Feb 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
Read this to my daughter. Completely pointless - an annoying book for adults. Stick to Dr Seuss if you want humor.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent for very young children. I loved it as a child - I used to have my sister read it to me over and over and over again. It hasn't lost it's charm!
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Although Crosby Newell Bonsall studied at New York University School of Architecture and the American School of Design, she is most known for her children's books. Some were published under the name Crosby Newell.

Her career as a children's author started as a doodle on her drawing board. Later, a doll manufacturer purchased the rights to her orange-haired, freckle-faced rag doll who later became
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