by Eric Hill
Penguin Books, London, 2011
Age group: toddler to pre-primary school
Spot the dog is a well-known character for many young children, so sharing a Christmas story with him will be enjoyed by many.
This is a fun little board book where Spot and his friends share presents with each other.
In Hill’s usual style, the story is easy for young children to follow while the ‘lift the page’ intrigues slightly older children as well.
The book offers great opportunities for discussing the book – guessing gifts by shapes, counting ornaments and snowflakes, and naming colours.
Definitely a Christmas book worth considering for toddlers and pre-schoolers, although it is very focussed on winter activities. My three and five year olds have enjoyed reading it while we had it from the library.