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.
About the Author
Helen Ward has twice won the British National Art Library Award. Her books include The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, Varmints, and The Cockerel and the Fox, which was short-listed for the 2003 Kate Greenaway Medal.
Ward’s whimsical imaginings and tight-as-a-drum verse supply plenty of entertainment on their own, but a subtle message about difference gives the story some heft, too. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
There is so much to enjoy here.... The brief, well-rhymed text invites readers to chime in, and there are interesting spots to see and even feel as well. An important message about having the courage to be different is an added bonus. A first purchase for every library. —School Library Journal (starred review)
Creative use of holes cut in paper, shiny paper, and other fourth-wall effects distinguish this whimsical story. —Midwest Book Review
Through the use of whimsical text and detailed watercolor illustrations, Helen Ward’s picture book will intrigue readers...A perfect book for young readers. —Literacy Daily