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Patches lost and found
Kroll, Steven.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Delray Beach, FL : Winslow Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 30 cm
Jenny draws, then writes, a story about losing and finding her pet guinea pig.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 48058.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 32746 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Words first! That's the way Jenny's teacher says a story must begin. But Jenny loves to draw, not to write. Besides, how can she possibly concentrate on a story when her pet guinea pig, Patches, has disappeared? How Jenny finally finds her pet -- and the words to her story -- makes for a winning tale about the creative spirit.

Author Notes

Steven Kroll was born in Manhattan, New York on August 11, 1941. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in American history and literature in 1962, he worked as an editor of books for adults in London, England, and New York City. In the early 1970s, a children's book editor urged him to try his hand at writing for children, and he began what would become his career. His first picture book, Is Milton Missing?, was published in 1975. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 95 picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels including The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Jungle Bullies, That Makes Me Mad, Sweet America, Pooch on the Loose, and When I Dream of Heaven. He died from complications of gastrointestinal surgery on March 8, 2011 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.