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Patches Lost and Found Hardcover – April 9, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Winslow Pr; 1st edition (April 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890817538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890817534
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,152,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-A masterful blend of text and illustration. Kroll has fashioned a suspenseful, kid-friendly picture book that works on several levels. On the same day that Jenny's pet guinea pig disappears, her class is assigned a writing project. Although she loves to draw, she has trouble composing stories and is anxious about the assignment. First, Jenny puts her artistic talents to work making "missing" posters to put up all over town. She is so distraught over the loss of Patches that she imagines that terrible things have befallen him, including being kidnapped by a masked thief and smuggled onto a train. She translates all of her anxiety into drawings that show the worst of her fears. All ends well when a neighbor returns her beloved pet and Jenny constructs a narrative to accompany the pictures she has drawn. Gott's digitally generated cartoons are perfect for the story.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY

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Ages 5-8. When Mr. Griswold tells his class to write a story, Jenny can't think of any thing to write about--and she'd rather draw pictures anyway. Her teacher insists, "Words first!" Arriving home, Jenny discovers that her guinea pig, Patches, is missing. She draws missing-pet posters and puts them up in the neighborhood and crayons a series of scenes depicting what might have happened to her pet. After a neighbor finds and returns Patches, Jenny's mother points out that her pictures tell a good story. Jenny adds words and successfully completes her assignment, even teaching her teacher that "pictures first, words second" can work, too. The many children who prefer drawing to writing will enjoy Jenny's classroom triumph even more than the return of her guinea pig. Written with a sure sense of narrative and an understanding of the concerns and the learning styles of children, the story finds apt expression in Gott's digital artwork, which has the appearance of cut-paper collage. The cartoon-style look and movement of the characters, unusual for collages, intensifies the book's child appeal. Kids may find inspiration in Jenny's wonderfully expressive, but convincingly childlike drawings to create their own illustrated stories. A fresh, fine offering. Carolyn Phelan
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Great book to use for a writing lesson for young children.
DSB
The art is cute, the story has some good points, and is a fun read to get kids to see how writing can be accomplished if you simply tap into your imagination.
Steve
The drawings are well done, colorful, and enhance the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Didaskalex VINE VOICE on March 13, 2014
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"She is so distraught over the loss of Patches that she imagines that terrible things have befallen him, ...She translates all of her anxiety into drawings that show the worst of her fears."--Barbara Buckley

A book written with a senstive understanding of kids concerns and their learning styles. Jenny is having a hard week, as happens sometimes with Angelina, my grand niece who studies in Almunecar, south of Spain. I was sympathetic to pet loss of patches, jenny's missing guinea pig, since I went through one, with my own son years ago in Milan.

Jenny got a hard assignment for her homework, to write a comprehensive story. But on arriving home, she discovers that her pet Patches, is missing. Although she loves to draw, she has trouble composing stories and is worried about the assignment. She draws missing-pet posters and hangs them up in the neighborhood, while searching for Patches.

This is an engaging story, fashioned with suspense and portrayed with vivid pictures which cover Jenny's hard week. This kid-friendly picture book that I ordered for my grandson Oliver, will appeal to his cousin Angelina, once all ends well when a neighbor returns her beloved pet. Here is a reminder for busy mothers, that young kids have their own concerns too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Looby VINE VOICE on April 1, 2014
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I just read this to my 4 year old and he loved it! The pictures are really cute and use a lot of images of what the little girl was drawing. The story is about a girl who is told to write a story for class, words first and pictures later. This upsets her because she doesn't enjoy writing. When she gets home, she learns Patches, her guinea pig, is missing. So, she starts making LOST posters and begins drawing pictures of what could have happened to Patches. Over the week she has to work on her story, she continues drawing the photos and then turns them into her story for class.

Cute story, however, (Please don't give me negative comments...just let me have this opinion.) the girl doesn't follow directions and gets away with it. She was told to write the story first. Now I understand, creative process and all that, that not everyone thinks the same or functions the same. I get that. But she was given specific instructions, had even asked about doing it her way and was told no, and she still did what she wanted. Then her teacher praised her and invited the found Patches to school. The fact that this happens in a childrens' book is teaching kids that you can do what you want, as long as the end result is good. But in real life, the process of following directions is important.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 24, 2014
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"Patches Lost and Found" should be used in the elementary classroom to coordinate the educational principles and goals of writing, vocabulary, reading, visual arts, and the creative process. As a former teacher, I know this activity of merging content areas was encouraged by state standards. It is a top method of teaching. Mix in the capabilities of today's computer savvy kids and you can have their work easily reproduced (school published.) This book and that process also works well for home schooling.

Steven Kroll's writing with Barry Gott's illustrating not only produces a book of interest that can spur the students into their own productions; but it also serves as an example. The quality of this book's paper, full-color full-page illustrations, and elementary reader age appropriate text (large font) makes this perfect for classroom children. Once the process is learned, there are hundreds of other books to continue the creative process.

This book kids will enjoy reading and mimicking.
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Maybe it’s just my little guy, but this book wasn’t a big hit. The illustrations were so-so, and the story wasn’t really anything to write home about (mind you: I’m reviewing a children’s book here, so take that with a grain of salt). It’s cute. But it just wasn’t (and isn’t) a book which our little guy wants to read often (or even when we offer to read it). I’m not blown away by it either. There are plenty of other good children’s books out there which I’d put ahead of this one.
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I love the creativity of this book. It is about a school girl who is given a writing assignment. She is unsure what to write about and then her best pet Patches goes missing. She makes "missing posters" and journals here thoughts. I don't want to give away the ending, but it is creative. The illustrations are very colorful and pretty. I love the diversity displayed in her class. A wonderful children's book!
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This brightly colored book tells the story of a little girl who is trying to find something to write about for a school assignment, when her guinea pig, Patches, goes missing. Fortunately, she finds Patches safe and sound. She also realizes that this experience would be a great thing to write about, especially since she'd already drawn all the pictures. It's a very cute book, and a kid would love it.
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I read this book to my grandchildren and they thoroughly enjoyed it! It just so happened that we had recently had the opportunity to babysit a guinea pig for a week, so the kids were excited to read a book about a guinea pig. There are two stories here, going on at the same time: the main story of the missing guinea pig, and the other story is about Jenny, who has to write a story for school. She finds writing hard and doesn't know what to write about. She draws pictures about her lost guinea pig to put up where people can see them, then draws more pictures about what might've happened to her guinea pig Patches. Her mom points out that all of Jenny's pictures tell a story, and that she should just write the story telling what's happening in the pictures. The story has a happy ending in that Jenny gets her story written (albeit with pictures first, rather than the words!), and Patches is found! Another interesting side note is that Jenny envisioned a mean person stealing Patches, whereas what really happened was that Patches found his way outside and a kind neighbor found him in the bushes! Sometimes things aren't as bad as children (and to be honest, adults too!) imagine!
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