Downtown Lost & Found
Written by Frank B. Edwards
Illustrated by John Bianchi
When the zoo animals wander through an open gate, they end up lost in the city and seek help at the city’s Lost & Found office. As more animals crowd into the waiting room, the monkey helps keep things organized until the zookeeper finally arrives to rescue them. A simple, silly little rhythmical romp for new readers with very simple text brought to life with John Bianchi’s lovely warm cartoon animals.
“I am lost.
Wait in here and you will be found.”
The books in this New Reader series are designed to encourage children to take their first tentative steps toward reading.
The series has proven to be very popular with teachers and parents as well as young children who enjoy the experience of learning to read. The books use classic literacy strategies to encourage new readers to learn language skills:
- Simple illustration to provide context and clues
- Simple language
- Number patterns
Children quickly learn the word and number patterns so they can predict the number of characters who will appear on the following page and the words that develop the simple plots. Bright, colourful illustrations have proven popular with literacy instructors and parent who use a “story-talk” approach to engage children with the books.
Follow this link to watch a video of the author helping a pre-schooler learn to read one of his New Reader books.
24 pages. Fully illustrated.
Reading level: Grade one (D)
Interest level by age: preschool to K
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