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Author: Cole, Henry
Publisher: Little Simon
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781481442251
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten

Spot, the Cat

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This wordless book  titled Spot, the Cat, (a play on words) invites readers to ‘spot’ or find Spot, the Cat in every hand drawn scene. Spot travels from an open window in an apartment out into the city, unaware someone is looking for him.  It is a story that reminds us all of the importance of home.  For any child who has lost a pet, this story will connect their own experiences to the characters in this book.
Readers will delight in the incredibly detailed black and white pen sketches, as well as the two stories, one about Spot, and one of the boy, his owner, who goes out looking for Spot. This book is suitable for preschoolers to grade two students, as well as a valuable resource for teaching English Language Learners new to a city environment.  This book may be used as a tool to motivate students to write the story with words, about Spot, focusing on adding detail to their story writing about what they might see, hear, smell, feel and touch, if they were Spot or his owner.
Utilizing a document camera/Smartboard to enlarge the pictures and/or ordering the eBook version of this story will allow readers to enjoy the details of this story by zooming into the sketches. Art students may study the style of sketching and drawing devices used in this book to create their own sketches.

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