Spots by Helen Ward (2014)

[Published by Templar Publishing]


Sometimes being different can feel like the worst thing in the world. Poor old guinea fowl has no spots and living with a flock of spot-laden birds, understandably he’s not happy about it. He sends off a letter with a spot-request.

The first delivery is completely wrong and subsequent parcels are no better, with some spots too big, others too sneezy and small. While guinea fowl isn’t a fan of the spots that arrive, I’ve gotta say I think they’re pretty magnificent.

Finally guinea fowl settles for spots that are officially wrong, but are right for him. He reaches the conclusion, “The best spots to have, when it’s friends that you seek, are the spots that you wear with a smile on your beak.”


This is a gorgeous tactile story with holes and sparkles and an important message for sharing with small people.

Check out Spots at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Spots from Fishpond.


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