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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
How Andrew Got His Spots is a children's picture book written by Louise Lintvelt and illustrated by Julie Sneeden. Andrew is an unhappy young giraffe who wishes he had spots like his parents and all the other giraffes. His fur is creamy and smooth without a spot to be seen. He visits the other spotted animals in the forest to find out how they got their spots. Each one tells him their story. The ladybug's spots were given to her by Mary the fairy, and the leopard's came in a shower of rain. Each animal reassures Andrew that he, too, will get his spots.
Louise Lintvelt's children's animal story, How Andrew Got His Spots, is a beautifully written fable that's perfect for sharing with a child or as a first-reader. Julie Sneeden's illustrations are marvelous. Her watercolors are filled with natural details, and her animal drawings are accurate and very lifelike. The expressions on Andrew's and the other animals' faces are inspired as well, especially the smile on Andrew's face when he wakes and finds his spots. I found myself smiling right along with him. This is a feel-good story that could become a bedtime favorite both for children and the adults reading it aloud. Lintvelt's prose is simple, yet elegant. She never talks down to her young audience and her rhymes aren't distracting, but rather lend a lyrical tone to the book. I enjoyed How Andrew Got His Spots, even if it's been some time since I was in the target age group for this type of book. How Andrew Got His Spots is highly recommended.