Little Dot floats high in the sky and dreams of joining the festivities below. But a dot has no form, no dimension, so how can that be? Thanks to a magical fairy, Little Dot’s wishes are granted, and the reader is introduced to how shapes (lines, angles, triangles and rectangles) are formed.
The story celebrates the power of friendship and teamwork as these dots and lines work together in creating new shapes. Their end goal is to participate in the festival of lights with one of the classic symbols, the Christmas tree.
Hope and empowerment are other themes that surface in this story. Little Dot is feeling alone but rather than staying in a state of despair, it asks for help. As the story unfolds, and as the shapes problem-solve to achieve their goal of producing a ‘spiky thing that holds lights’, they demonstrate the power of optimism and persistence.
This story integrates math (geometry) and reading literacy. During a read-out-loud, a classroom can investigate shape creation. It can then be taken further with students experimenting by manipulating various stick shapes into angles, triangles and quadrilaterals.
Last, this story plays with synonyms for the following words. The reader is given examples of how multiple words different words can be interchanged for descriptive purposes.