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Animal Theme/Character, Early/Young Readers, Picture Book, Star of the North nominee

LOST.FOUND. by Marsha Diane Arnold. Illustrated by Matthew Cordell…MN Star of the North nominee

Bear begins the story with a scarf. He loses it. Beaver finds it, wraps it into a turban.  It snags on a tree branch and is lost.  Again.  Only to be found by many different animals including raccoons, mice, squirrels and a fox.  Each animal finds a new use for the scarf and the story comes full circle back to Bear in a lovely, inclusive way.

The only text in the book are the words “Lost.” and “Found.”  The simplicity of the text combined with Matthew Cordell’s pen & ink drawings filled in with greens and browns and the bright red of the scarf, itself, helps young readers focus easily on the storyline.  I loved the continuity of the story and the way it builds upon itself.

Lost. Found. is a MN Star of the North nominee for 2017-18 and is a terrific read-aloud for young children to help teach story and plot, as well as encourage them to create their own stories and challenge their creativity:  what use would they find for the scarf?

Some other picture books whose structure or storyline is similar and would make good counterparts are Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback, Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don’t Wear Glasses by Laura Numeroff and That’s Good! That’s Bad! by Margery Cuyler.

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