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Learning Braille with Dots and Dottie: Dottie And Dots See Animal Spots by Kristie Smith

Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to learn Braille. I used to call it, the beautiful language of the Kristie Smithhands. Needless to say, I never ventured out to learn because quite frankly, I was too intimidated. 

Until now!

Learning Braille with Dots and Dottie: Dottie and Dots See Animal Spots by Kristie Smith (iUniverse, 2007) is an easy to read and easy to learn book on learning Braille. It’s actually fun! FUN ON FRIDAY!!!W hoo Hoo!

Illustrated by Kandice Knorr, Dottie and Dots See Animal Spots takes you through the ABCs and DOTS 1,2,3s.

Smith says, "Dottie and Dots See Animal Spots is an easy-to-read book for both children and adults. Dottie and Dots are two silly Braille cell characters who travel to the zoo. They begin to see Braille letters and words as they visit the animals. They will teach you how to read simple words in Braille through their adventure to the zoo." 

What’s also helpful are the Tips for Sighted People who know a Visually Impaired Person. For example, Kristie says, "allow the VIP to be as independent as possible but assist them when they need or ask for help." 

I am away this weekend on a much needed respite to Garnet Hill Lodge in the Adirondacks Mountains. It’s the perfect environment to teach Braille to my children. Thanks, Kristie!

By the way, Kristie, if you are reading this, could you comment on "correct language" when it comes to people with disabilities? It’s an area that is oftentimes overlooked.


  1. Kristie Smith says:

    Hi Amy,
    WOW! Thank you so much for showing my book. Your book is one of the most amazing and touching books that I have ever read. Please keep them coming. My students who have a visual impairment will love them. :)

  2. Kristie Smith says:

    Hi Amy,
    When sighted people are around the blind they will often freeze when they say to the blind person “see this? The sighted person begins to panic until I reassure them that they should use words like “see”, “look”, etc. The people who can’t see do “look” but it’s through their sense of touch. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share information about some of the most outstanding people that I’ve met.

  3. Amy Bowllan says:

    Thank YOU, Kristie!

    I love your thoughts and your insights. We could always use more and feel free to use this as a platform for the sighted and the visually impaired.