Fall 2021

The Spots and the Dots

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The Spots live on one side of the hill. The Dots live on the other. Both are fearful and suspicious of the other, but are they really all that different? When a young Spot and a young Dot meet at the top of the hill, they are about to find out.

Flip the book upside down and choose whether to read from the perspective of the Spots or the Dots, right up until the middle, where the two communities collide. Find the similarities in others, discover that fear is often based on ignorance, and celebrate difference in this stunning picture book with artwork from award-winning illustrator Marion Deuchars.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-09-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039270, JUV039050, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 8.75 x 11
Lexile 540
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and eSource



Baugh, Helen. Spots and the Dots, The Marion Deuchars, Illus. Pic. Bk. Andersen, 09/2021. 36pp. $17.99 978-1-72843-890-0 ADDITIONAL GRADES PRE-3 The red Spots and the blue Dots live on opposite sides of a hill and are afraid of each other until a young one from each side meet at the top of the hill and realize they can be friends. Using a rhyming text reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, the easy-to-follow cautionary tale effectively conveys the ideas of acceptance of others, although it is somewhat heavy-handed. “Now all could be friends! No one was scared! And the whole of the hill—to the top!—could be shared.” The full-color illustrations use deeply saturated colors, showing that the Spots and Dots are the same in every way except their color. Halfway through the book, the reader needs to flip the book around to see the same story from the Dots’ point of view, using basically the same text. Although this could be useful for classrooms focusing on social and emotional learning, it is not really an original concept. Stick with Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book (Random, 1984). Penny Peck, San Jose State Univ, iSch

Author: Helen Baugh

Helen Baugh worked as a copywriter for more than 20 years, writing for clients such as The Economist and Oxfam before she started writing for children. Helen lives in Sussex, UK with her family.

Illustrator: Marion Deuchars

Marion Deuchars is a Scottish-born, internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator. She was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 and has won several awards for her art. Marion lives and works in London with her husband.