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.