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Lots of Spots

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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. Complete with an Author's Note about the how-and-why of animal spots-and-stripes.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Beach Lane Books
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Might serve as a great introduction to a unit on animals, camouflague, or adaptations. With a sprinkling of poetry, alliteration, rhyme and rhythm this books walks students through all the ways spots, patterns and coloring are defining traits or characteristics of various animals. For more advanced students could be a good jumping off point for a discussion of fiction versus non-fiction as the picture book format with poetic language juxtaposes with a sprinkling of facts.
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook
Beautiful pictures but sometimes tedious text
Cara Byrne
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a really interesting board book, as it is text heavy with descriptions of the unique animals Ehlert features (which appeals to my preschooler), but its large, colorful illustrations and white backdrop are perfect for a much younger reader. Both help make it a great bedtime read to both my 4-year old and 1-year old.
Short poems about spotted animals
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-jason
Very cool and detailed, but too high for my eighteen-month-old
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is boring and has no plot or story.
Deborah De
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Melissa
Shelves: children
Great for names and characteristics of animals.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of information and great illustrations.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching-reading
In this nonfiction text, Ehlert’s Lots of Spots takes a playful look at the natural appearance of animals and the distinctions of their spots, stripes, and colors. Each page of this dynamic text introduces an animal or group of animals, its appearance and importance which are identified through the use of poetry and rhyming words. Ehlert’s purpose through Lots of Spots is to encourage young readers to notice the differences between animals, even subtleties between the same species. To introduce ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
The concept of Lots of Spots is a great one. Short, pithy poems describe various wild animals and Lois Ehlert's signature collage style depicts each one with interesting colors, textures, and shapes. The problem, though, is that the poetry itself is very inconsistent, and often feels like it was thrown onto the page simply to accompany the illustration rather than to say anything new or interesting about the animals.

Many of the poems had either very obvious rhymes that felt gratuitous, or simpl
Ally Copper
Poems about and cut paper illustrations of animals from nature fill the pages of "Lots of Spots" by Lois Ehlert. Science facts about each animal are revealed within each short poem. Don't expect to get a lot of detail on the animals in this book. Each animal only gets a short snippet, and one or two fun facts are given. For example, the barn owl poem states, "One barn owl can catch more mice and rats than a whole family of mouser cats." Rather than a focused study on any one animal, this picture ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books-jp
Her art, as usual, just great. The rhymes are not always up to the level of the art and it feels like some were just tacked on. When they are clever, it really works and feels akin to Douglas Florian rhymes: "Lizards slither hither and thither." However. the lack of consistency is a tad annoying (as in " A nice thing about a butterfly is that it adds a spot of color to our habitat". Plus some of the rhymes give information and some are just nonsensical which is a bit jarring. She has set a high ...more
Eva Leger
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: julias-books
Get this for the illustrations and that's it. The poems, for the most part, are horrible for out loud reading and some just plain suck either way. There are a very few that are actually okay.
I read another book recently, along the same lines as this, and can't remember the title. If anyone is interested in a good childrens book like this, check out the 'Julias-books' list I have - it's there and was read recently so search by date read and it'll pop up. Far better than this. The only thing that
Jordan Brown
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-etl-2368
Lots of Spots
Author: Lois Ehlert
Reading Level: ages 4-7

Ehlert, Lois (2010) Lots of Spots New York: Beach Lane Books

Lots of Spots is an incredibly easy read. It's silly, and also educational--depicting attributes, facts, and witticisms associated with animals with spots.

The book relies heavily on rhyming, so it's instantly engaging, for children love to find patterns anywhere and everywhere they can. Some of the information depicted is educational, others are somewhat nonsensical, but if's all in
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture_books, yhba, 2012
The illustrations in this book are beautiful like all of Lois Ehlert's cut paper illustrations. But this book is definitely not one that can be read aloud. Perhaps it could be shared one-on-one with a child, but in a group setting the format would become confusing. Each page has more than one animal illustrated on it and then each of those animals has a short poem which identifies it. Some of the poems are cute but many feel forced with either the rhyme or the meter or both.
Elizabeth Peterson
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was another fun one! Lots of pictures of animals, and very short, rhyming limericks with interesting facts about each animal. More than just your run of the mill "dog, cat, cow, horse" too. This book had them all--from dogs to iguanas, lizards to zebras, chickadees to red winged blackbirds... Definitely worth a look!
Bailey Schmidt
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el230
This is a fun, silly, educational book describing animals and their distinct patterns. The book also has a neat use of rhyme and rhythm throughout to make for a fun read. It could be used in a variety of classrooms and for many ages. For a younger classroom, you could use this as an intro to an animal unit. I would have this in my classroom for the words and illustrations.
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
The illustrations are wonderful examples of Lois Ehlert's work, and display a great variety of animals. The rhymes are somewhat flat. This book really needed more extensive endnotes, a bit about each animal, as other of Ehlert's books have had in the past. Visually fun to enjoy, but not memorable for any other reason.
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very interesting collage book with Ehlert's famous paper cutouts. The animals featured in the book are known for their many spots. Some of the animals are easily identifiable by lower elementary students while others were new to the kindergarten students I read this to. My students really enjoyed this book.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is a board book so it is easy for really young children to hold on to it and to "read" the book. Most of the pages have 2-3 different animals with spots from birds to snakes and bears and describes a little bit about each animal. The book rhymes to hold attention of children and flows well
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these poems and the art really added to it. Not too much real information, but enough to give readers a sense of the bird or animal that was being discussed. I could have wished for a more extensive end note with more details, and my library could have put the pocket somewhere else besides over the short note that was there!
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I like the little poems of each animals but truly enjoy the way the book was produced. Each animal looks like it pops off the page. Even the boys run their fingers across the page thinking that it's textured.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers - primary
This was shared at story time at play group this week. The reader mostly talked about the pictures rather than reading the infromation about all the animals given the young age of the audience. Very nice artwork and a good selection of animals.
Cooper Elementary
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-picture-books
With her collage art, Wisconsin resident Lois Ehlert shows off the many places and ways in which living creatures have spots and stripes. Short poems on many different birds, lizards and other animals are included.
Aug 08, 2012 added it
This is a well written, aesthetically pleasing book sharing animal adaptations in nature. Cannot wait to share it with the Tiny Tracker class I teach. Love Lois Ehlert books and books that make kids wonder about nature!
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
The collage illustrations are excellent, but the short poems left a lot to be desired. Instead of the forced rhymes, I would have preferred a short prose statement about the usefulness (or lack thereof) for the various animals' patterns.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book ran a little long for a Lois Ehlert book; I would have preferred tighter text. The illustrations, however, are typically Lois Ehlert spectacular.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars, but I round up.
Tanya (mom's small victories)
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1000-kids-books
lovely and brightly colored artwork. simple story for beginning readers.
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: en-pic-books
Some of the animals has a lots of dots on their bodies
A huge effort to illustrate such a book
Karen Arendt
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book provides simple rhyming text about many different animals, from birds, to fish, to mammals to reptiles. A child could look at the collage artwork for hours, there is so much to see.
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Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Holey Moley, 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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