Spots in a Box

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 touchOne 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.
Spots in a Box 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

  • Title: Spots in a Box
  • Author: Helen Ward
  • ISBN: 9780763675974
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. At first I was turned off by how simplistic and odd this is, and by the gimmicks on some pages that remind me of the deplorable Rainbow Fish. But the more I think about it, the more I appreciate what's going on here. Unfortunately, I can't find the words to articulate for you what's special about this treatment of a common theme. I will say this, though: children raised on books like this must have a real hard time with school uniformsA - thought about it a bit more, and I guess what I liked is [...]

    2. A guinea fowl is worried about his lack of plumage design, so he sends off for spots in the mail. They come wrapped in brown paper and string, something that always makes a package more intriguing. But inside, they are not the spots he expected. They are too big for his taste. Luckily though, more spots arrive. Some are too small, others too sparkly. Still others glow in the dark! But eventually after looking at lots of different options, our protagonist picks out some spots that are just perfec [...]

    3. Publishers Weekly( December 22, 2014; 9780763675974 )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). [...]

    4. Poor guinea fowl, born with no spots! To help himself feel less out-of-place, he mail-orders replacements, but every delivery is wronguntil one very special boxful makes him smile, and he knows he's found a fashion statement that's all his own.I love this picture book for so many reasons. The moral about wearing what makes you happy -- even if it doesn't match what everyone else has on -- is wonderful. The illustrations are creative and amusing, with some fun formatting choices that set them apa [...]

    5. A guinea fowl attempts to set right the fact that it doesn't have spots though the other creatures of its kind do. The guinea fowl sends away for spots, but for one reason or not they are all wrong; in the end, though, the wrong dots end up being the right dotsEAT story, simple imagery with humor very well incorporated. Watercolor illustrations. PreK-2.

    6. I wasn't really looking forward to reading this one, but I was pleasantly surprised it. It was perfect for my preschool aged twins. I love the illustrations and they loved the added textures on the pages as well as all the different kinds of spots. Great book for kids.

    7. 2014. Has cut out holes, touch and feel holes. Guinea fowl has no spots so he orders some. They aren't quite right but he ends up making it work!

    8. SUMMARY: "There once was a Guinea fowl without any spots, which made him feel odd 'cause the others had lots." The fowl writes and asks for some spots to be sent to him. But the wrong kind are delivered. Very large ones ones come instead of small ones. More spots arrive, but they are way too small. The fowl goes through one box after another, none of which will work. Until one day, a box comes with spots "that were wrong in the right sort of way." They were perfect for himLUSTRATIONS: The illust [...]

    9. Cute with a bit of a lesson at the end. I think the preschool kids would be OK with this one, and love the end with the bright spots (especially if I let them come feel the raised, colorful spots). The different spots are fun see as well. 2/17/16 Used in my G is for theme. (Guinea fowl). By this point, one of my regulars had finally shown up, and he knew how to interact with me and the book. That helped the other kids loosen up a bit. They all seemed to enjoy the different spots, and I had them [...]

    10. A guinea fowl suffering from a severe lack of spots (all his friends have them in excess) writes a letter (to the universe?) that reads, “Please send spots.” The universe responds promptly (the next day) in all kinds of unexpected ways – with shiny spots, holes, enormous spots, colorful spots. None of them are quite The Thing (*guinea fowl* spots), but in the end it doesn’t matter. He and the others choose the spots that “put a smile on your beak.” Rhyming and clever with colorful an [...]

    11. This fun book is about a guinea fowl who doesn't have any spots. When he orders them in the mail, they arrive as something quite unexpected. As he explores the unexpected assortment of spots, he comes to realize that not all spots are created equal just like no two individuals are exactly alike. What he discovers is that it is more important to be happy being yourself when making friends than to be someone you're not. Bettina P. / Marathon County Public LibraryFind this book in our library catal [...]

    12. Everything about this book delights me, from the dedication ("to the quietly eccentric") to the colorful conclusion. In lovely rich rhyming language, we have a story of a guinea fowl (a very neglected picture book subject) who is a little bit different from his cohort. After exploration and experimentation, our fowl finds spots that "were wrong in just the right sort of way.The artwork is precise and colorful and whimsical. There's texture and tone. Spots in a Box is truly a "promising packagefu [...]

    13. How many different types of spots can you imagine? In his attempts to remedy his spots-less situation, our resourceful guinea hen sends away for spots in the mail. But what he gets are gigantic spots, then tiny ones, splattery spots, freckles, moles, and strings. A clever story about fitting in — or not — with standout watercolor art, interesting textures and goofy-looking birds.Reviewed for the Baltimore Sun, March 2015. baltimoresun/features/

    14. 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.Subject:Guineafowl -- Fiction.Animals -- Color -- Fiction.Individuality -- FictionS [...]

    15. Spots in a Box has turned me into an avid fan of Helen Ward. Who else could create a such captivating story, complete with a clear take-home message, using a guinea fowl as the main character? This is the tale of an unfortunate guinea fowl who, unlike the rest the guinea fowls, does not have spots. In an effort to be like everyone else, he orders a box of spots through the mail and proceeds to examine his newly arrived options. As sweet and relatable as this story is, it is the illustrations tha [...]

    16. A guinea fowl was born without spots. All other guinea fowls have spots, so he wanted some, too. He ordered spots to come for him, but they were all wrong! He got big spots and pink spots and leopard spots and every other kind of spot but guinea fowl spots! Eventually, he decided to use the spots that made his fellow guinea fowl smile instead of ones that looked just like them.Good for preschool or toddler storytimes.

    17. This fun book is about a guinea fowl who doesn't have any spots. When he orders them in the mail, they arrive as something quite unexpected. As he explores the unexpected assortment of spots, he comes to realize that not all spots are created equal just like no two individuals are exactly alike. What he discovers is that it is more important to be happy being yourself when making friends than to be someone you're not.

    18. In rhyming text, we meet a guinea fowl who feels odd and sends away for spots. The title is explained by the variety of spots that arrive in boxes, so suspense builds as we keep hoping and hoping the right ones will appear. Youngsters will enjoy finding out that even what seems wrong at first can be enjoyed! Font is done in an easy-to-read style carefully arranged against white background space on each page.

    19. A cute book with an infectious rhyme. A guinea fowl finds that she has no spots (but her friends had lots). She feels left out so she orders spots through the mail. Of course, the spots that are delivered are all wrong, over and over again until they are not. Kids on your lap are sure to like the touch and feel elements of this book (holes in the pages and textured spots) but this would be fun to read to a group as well such as story time at the library.

    20. An interesting picture book, probably for school-aged kids, that first goes into being different from the crowd, but then dealing with disappointment, and finally making the most of the situation. A guinea fowl wants some spots and orders some through the mail. What does he find in the packages he receives? Crack this beautifully illustrated book open to find out!

    21. This was exceedingly cute -- a friend picked it up for her niece, and I leafed through it at her house. It's a cute story, about fitting in but still being you, and the artwork is just plain great -- really pretty, with some nicely imaginative use of the codex as an art object (not groundbreaking, at least in children's books, but still well done).

    22. 3.5A book about a guinea fowl who, eventually realizes that being yourself is the best way to make friends after pages of multi-medium illustrations about spots and spotted things.The story was okay, but I'm adding it to my picture book short list because of the unusual bird selection and the decision to draw them realistically.

    23. Fascinating illustrations with all sorts of spots/dots, the story is laugh out loud hilarious. Readers of all ages will appreciate the urge to look the same but then also the glory of doing it differently.

    24. In this celebration of individuality, a guinea hen, concerned by his lack of spots, orders spots by mail. None of the colors, sizes or patterns suit himuntil the final delivery of spots "put a smile on your beak".

    25. This story is so cute. A guinea fowl has no spots so he orders some spots and ends up with all kinds of unusual spots. The length of the story and the large illustrations make this book great for storytimes.

    26. This is a fun book with great illustrations. Poor guinea fowl has no spots so he sent away for some. He gets all kinds that don't quite work but then he realizes the best ones to pick are the ones he likes.

    27. charming story - I didn't know there were so many types of spots available! Love the message to be yourself, rhyming text, the cut outs, and other page embellishments - wondering how the dot-to-dot page will fare in library circulation.

    28. In this celebration of individuality, a guinea hen, concerned by his lack of spots, orders spots by mail. None of the colors, sizes or patterns suit himuntil the final delivery of spots "put a smile on your beak".

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