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Lost Ball, The/La pelota perdida Hardcover – August 6, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Bilingual edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060297638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060297633
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: English, Spanish

About the Author

Lynn Reiser is the author of many popular books for children.She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and practices psychiatry in New Haven, Connecticut.She lives in a house in a garden in a forest in a town on the planet Earth.

In Her Own Words...

"I am a psychiatrist. Much of my time is spent practicing and teaching at Yale Medical School. In recent years I have also found pleasure in making books for children.

"My books start out as images and sketches and evolve as I draw them. Out of the art comes a dialogue, and from this the story emerges. Putting a picture book together is like playing a game--there are rules and surprises. The book must have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and fit into a set number of pages and a particular size.

"I draw wherever and whenever I have timewaiting in a train station, sitting by a stream, even on an airplane. Sometimes I begin sketches for a book years before I have a complete story or text. I draw the whole book in whatever order the images come, then I cut and paste the drawings until they fit. I listen for the rhythm of the words and of the pictures-once I sense it, it becomes another guide and constraint. The finished book is always a surprise.

"I always knew I liked to draw. I did not know that I liked to write until after I began to do it. One of the first books I submitted to Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books was the wordless dummy for Bedtime Cat I asserted that the words were obvious. Susan said, "Then write them down." Through this process of "writing them down" I became a writer. Now I collect interesting words and phrases as well as sketches, and play with words as I play with images.

"I like to learn as much as I can about nature, the world, and people. Studying biology and medicine and psychology satisfies my curiosity about these subjects, and practicing psychiatry and teaching fulfill my wish to work with people and to help them. At first glance this sort of work may seem very different from the process of making picture books. But I feel that it is similar in that much of what I do as a physician is help others to express themselves, to discover their own stories, and to fit them together to make more sense of their lives. Words and dream images appear in my work every day. Metaphors and stories are part of communicating with students and patients.

"I have learned to trust that whatever comes to mind and hand is likely to be relevant and useful, no matter how silly it may seem at first.

"Making books is hard work, but it is a joy."


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What a great combnation--sports, boys and dogs. It's a book that I can read and enjoy with my boys. The pictures of the sports seem to be accurate and even I like learning the names of the balls in two languages. We like to look at all that's happening and what has changed in the interval between when the first boy passes a field and the second one comes looking for the owner of the ball. I wish there were more books like this one. Reiser is one of our favorite authors and illustrators.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lost Ball is a really terrific book and I have enjoyed sharing it with my son. He's in grammar school and just learning Spanish and just learning about ball games. This book does a great job in helping with both learning Spanish and about the ball games. He likes it. I like it. He's a boy and I'm a girl, so I guess it also appeals to both sexes. Bravo to Reiser!!! She's a great author and a great illustrator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for learning Spanish and English. It is very applicable to young readers as the park a place they know and the names of the balls can be practiced on any vsit. The book cleverly has the two boys circling the park in different drections so the words learned are repeated and renforced. The color coding makes clear who is saying what . In the end, not only are the balls found, but each boy and each dog has a new friend and a liittle of a new language. The details of the pctures of the sports add depth to the readng experence by provdng lots to see and talk about. A wonderful book. My chldren love it..
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Yuk! The text in English & Spanish is way too confusing! Each boy has a dog & ball & the two end up intertwining storylines, balls & dogs. The illustrations & color coded text will be too confusing for young children. The illustrations are way to busy. I like when the text is all in English and/or all in Spanish.
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