Written and illustrated by Patricia Intriago
Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2011, Fiction
Suitable for: ages 3-6
Themes/Topics: Circles/Dots in daily life. Opposites. Emotions.
Opening and brief synopsis: “Stop Dot. Go Dot. Fast Dot. Slow Dot.” This is a uniqique concept book written in very brief, rhythmic text using bold circular shapes of different sizes and numbers to convey opposites a child might come across.
Why I Like This Book: I like this book for its simplicity. It is a fun, tactile, bold and educational book, which will teach young children an array of common opposites from sad and happy to heal and hurt, through circles on the page! Dot helps youngsters learn about emotions in a very accessible way. It is such fun to watch children responding to this book. Who knew that a bunch of circles could be so much of fun! See the book trailer here.
Activities and Resources: Every double-paged spread will provoke discussion. Also every page can be acted out. Do a story time on opposites. This could also be part of a themed week on shapes. There are some good opposite games/worksheets here.