09:38 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 06/13/2014 07:20AM
Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children's books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.
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