by Kristin Rocha
Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, is a seasonal picture book with only two words—“lost” and “found”—repeated throughout its beautifully illustrated pages. The spare use of language allows the art to tell a heartwarming story about woodland animals, individuality, and sharing.
When preschool teacher Edward Rodriguez of Shubert Elementary School in Baldwin, New York, shared Lost. Found. with his bilingual classroom, he discovered how students can tell stories of their own as he turned the pages.
Watch to see how using Lost. Found. can work as an interactive read-aloud with preschoolers. For Mr. Rodriguez, it gave students a chance to engage with the book—in two different languages—interpreting for themselves what happens as one scarf is passed from animal to animal on a snowy day in the woods.
Edward Rodriguez teaches preschool at Uniondale Pre-K School in Baldwin, NY. This is his 15th year in the classroom. Edward’s favorite part of teaching is seeing a bilingual child learn to read, speak, and write in English as well as in Spanish. He says, “It’s wonderful to see what they can teach you.”
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