Lost! A Story in String by Paul Fleischman

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A Newbery-winning author and a brilliant new artist create a story that young readers will read and perform for years to come.

Watch and listen as a grandmother recounts a tale of a resourceful farm girl lost in a blizzard, searching for her dog. As she describes that young girl's hazardous journey, a sequence of string figures takes shape in her hands, illustrating each step along the way. Striking scratchboard illustrations bring the grandmother's story to life, while clear instructions and careful diagrams at the end of the book allow you to recreate the tale, and to hold string figure performances of your own. Paul Fleischman's own intergenerational string troupe, String Quartet, has made Lost! a regular part of its repertoire, and you can too.

About Paul Fleischman

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Paul Fleischman is one of the best known and most highly respected authors in children's books, and has been awarded both a Newbery and Newbery Honor. His novels and non-fiction books are perennial favorites, including Whirligig, his first book for Holt, which was voted a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist. He lives in Northern California.C.B. Mordan's artwork has appeared in serial form in newspapers across the country, and has been featured in The New York Times. He lives near Kansas City, Missouri.
Published June 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The message is moralistic (""But young as she was, she had a heap of knowledge about getting the most out of what you've got--like making a story out of a piece of string"") and the story seems constructed to serve the pictures made in string (e.g., the girl mentions a man with a bow who might ha...

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