Two books in one! 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. 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... 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.
Reviewed by Aimee Durning
The Spots and the Dots by Helen Baugh is ingenious, back to back, this picturebook introduces the concept of difference to young children.
Depending on which way you decide to read the book, the tribe living on the side of the hill will either be the Dots Tribe or the Spots Tribe. The offspring of each tribe are warned not to ever journey over the hill. That is the rule. This rule is drilled into the children, time after time. This message of fear has been passed down from generation to generation. Nobody knows exactly what would happen if they dared to venture over the hill. Their imaginations run wild – there may be a violent battle or they could be captured. Never to return to their own again!
Until one day when one tiny Dot (or Spot) found the courage to face their fears. Dot met Spot!
This book is an absolute gem for describing differences and the prejudices that are so often present in society. When all along we are the same; all belonging to one tribe – the human race.
The Spots and the Dots is great for exploring themes of race, refugees, and instances where a group of individuals has been labelled by others. Therefore, this book, along with titles such as Naomi Jones’s The Perfect Fit provides or Steve Antony’s Green Lizards Vs Red Rectangles are perfect starters for Philosophy for Children (P4C) lessons or topic lessons on Human Rights and Racism.