Perfect Picture Book Friday – Small Walt Spots Dot

Welcome to the first Perfect Picture Book Friday in March!

Here on Blueberry Hill, no one seems to have gotten the memo that it IS March and therefore enough with the snow! It still seems to be snowing every day, at least for a while, even if only flurries. Pretty much not a day goes by when some amount of snow shoveling isn’t required!

So this Picture Book seems Perfect for today – an adorable story of a little snow plow doing his job!

Title: Small Walt Spots Dot

Written By: Elizabeth Verdick

Illustrated By: Marc Rosenthal

Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books, September 2020, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: jobs (plowing, keeping public spaces clear), teamwork, animal rescue, kindness

text copyright Elizabeth Verdick 2020, illustration copyright Marc Rosenthal 2020, Paula Wiseman Books

Opening: “Whoosh! Wind’s howling.
Swoosh! Snow’s flying.
Small Walt and Gus are on the road – and on the job.
They’ve got lots of parking lots to plow.”

text copyright Elizabeth Verdick 2020, illustration copyright Marc Rosenthal 2020, Paula Wiseman Books

Brief Synopsis: Walt and his driver Gus are plowing a parking lot when a blur of fur catches Walt’s eye. It’s cold and snowy. Will Walt and Gus be able to help the stray?

text copyright Elizabeth Verdick 2020, illustration copyright Marc Rosenthal 2020, Paula Wiseman Books

Links To Resources: Small Walt Activity Pages; 3-D Snowplow Craft (my apologies that it says “for boys”!); Snow Printouts, Activities, and Ideas;

text copyright Elizabeth Verdick 2020, illustration copyright Marc Rosenthal 2020, Paula Wiseman Books

Why I Like This Book: I love this book because it instantly reminds me of Katy And The Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton, one of the classics from my childhood, I think because of the style of the art as much as the fact that it’s about a snow plow. ๐Ÿ˜Š Small Walt is such an earnest, careful, and responsible little plow, able to get into those smaller spaces where the big plows can’t. He and his driver, Gus, take their job seriously. It is important and they do it well. But Walt also has his eye out for the community, and when he spots a stray dog, he knows he has to help. Together with the policewoman, Walt and Gus manage to catch the shivering stray and take her to the animal shelter. I like that the police person is a woman, and that she is not white (as well as that there is diversity in several of the illustrations.) And (spoiler alert!) I always like books that show animals being adopted from shelters. With its sweet story and engaging illustrations, this book will please the truck lovers and the dog lovers in your house or classroom!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š

17 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Small Walt Spots Dot

  1. ptnozell says:

    Those illustrations brought me right back to my childhood, too. I do hope, though, that we can read about this plucky snow plow, but not hear real snow plows continuing to work as spring struggles to arrive.

  2. palpbkids says:

    I’m so glad you chose this book this week, Susanna.
    It has all the right ingredients for becoming a classic.
    I’m putting this on my list to buy for family and friends.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. julie rowan zoch says:

    Iโ€™m kind of glad they donโ€™t plow my street, unless we get over a foot! But I do appreciate it on the road that takes me to the library! Looks like a lovely book and I hope to read it once storytime resumes at the bookstore! (Almost all of the last snow has melted here – expecting 70F on Monday๐Ÿ˜ฒ!)

  4. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a clever and adorable book. My 3-year-old grandson loves cars, trucks, etc. and would just adore this book! Thanks for sharing! The weather is so much nicer now here — 60 – 70s next week!

  5. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking: Virginia Lee Burton!! Except I was thinking about Mike and MaryAnne (sp?) the steam shovel done in the same style. Anyway, this looks lovely! Thanks for the rec, Susanna! And I hope spring comes sooner rather than later for you!!

  6. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Oh, I love snowplow books. And we still have snow (but thankfully NOT enough to plow!)… this looks like a wonderful, warm and furry story despite the snow.

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